Kremlin dismisses health rumors about Putin as “hoaxes”

Reports suggesting something is wrong with Russian President Vladimir Putin’s health are “nothing but hoaxes,” Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov said Thursday.

When asked about the Russian president’s health on a conference call with reporters, Peskov said Putin feels “fine” and that “he is in good health.”

Putin was visibly having symptoms of a cold during his visit to Tehran on Tuesday and coughing during meetings the next day, which he explained with heat and strong air conditioning.

“Yesterday it was very hot in Tehran — plus 38, and the air conditioning there was working full on there, so I apologize,” Putin said during a video conference on Wednesday.

Vladimir Putin is “entirely too healthy,” CIA Director William Burns said Wednesday. But he acknowledged that this wasn’t “a formal intelligence judgment.”

“There are lots of rumors about President Putin’s health, and as far as we can tell, he’s entirely too healthy,” he said.

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