Putin to meet Kyrgyz leader Monday

The Kremlin says Russian President Vladimir Putin, who has been out of public view for more than a week, is to meet on Monday with the president of Kyrgyzstan, AP reports.

Putin earlier this week postponed a planned summit with the leaders of Kazakhstan and Belarus, drawing attention to his unusual long hiatus of public appearances and raising speculation that he was ill.

His spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, told The Associated Press on Thursday that Putin’s “health is really perfect.”

The planned meeting on Monday in St. Petersburg with Almazbek Atambaev is to discuss Kyrgyzstan’s joining the Eurasian Economic Union, a nascent Moscow-led trade bloc that also includes Belarus, Kazakhstan and Armenia, the Kremlin said in a Friday statement.

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