Russian President Vladimir Putin is in good health, the Kremlin said on Thursday, dismissing rumors that the leader was suffering from an illness after a foreign trip was canceled.
A Kazakh governmental source said Putin's trip to Astana scheduled for this week was canceled because Putin had fallen ill, stirring speculation on social media that something had happened to the 62-year-old leader.
Putin spokesman Dmitry Peskov, asked by Reuters if the president was in good health, replied "yes".
"He has meetings all the time," he said by telephone. "He has meetings today, tomorrow. I don't know which ones we will make public."
Russian politics, through the Soviet era and beyond, has traditionally been fertile ground for rumor because of the secrecy surrounding leaders, not least their health.