Putin Said to Cancel Three Trips Across Russia This Week

  • Russian president has working meetings today, Peskov says
  • Putin isn’t planning a vacation this summer, spokesman says

President Vladimir Putin canceled three visits to Russian regions this week, according to two people familiar with the matter.

Flights to the Yakutia, Altai and Novgorod regions for events were canceled, according to the people. Putin’s spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, said the president is having working meetings and will take part in international calls Wednesday.

“Nothing was planned for sure,” Peskov said in a text message, without elaborating. RBC’s news website reported the cancellations earlier Wednesday. The president doesn’t intend to take a vacation until September, Peskov told reporters during a conference call last week.

Putin’s longest disappearance from public view lasted 10 days in March 2015. It raised intense speculation about his health, which was dismissed by the Kremlin. He then appeared at talks in St. Petersburg with his Kyrgyz counterpart. “It would be boring without gossip,” Putin said in response to the rumors, according to RIA Novosti. His most recent public appearance was an official visit to Finland on Friday.

The Kremlin canceled or postponed five foreign trips over more than a month in late 2012 as officials including Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev repeatedly denied that Putin was ill or was undergoing treatment for back pain.

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