Putin cancels visit to Astana over reported illness

Russian President Vladimir Putin has canceled a visit to Moscow’s close ally Kazakhstan planned for this week, possibly due to illness, a Kazakh government official said on Wednesday.

“The visit has been canceled. It looks like he (Putin) has fallen ill,” the official told Reuters, requesting anonymity.

A meeting of Russian, Belarusian and Kazakh leaders scheduled to take place later this week in the Kazakh capital of Astana has been postponed, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Wednesday, Sputnik reported.

“Indeed, the leaders of the three states decided to postpone the meeting for several days,” he said.

Russian President Vladimir Putin was to visit Astana March 12-13 for the three-party meeting with Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko and Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev.

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