Vladimir Putin needed ‘urgent’ medical attention after ‘acute illness, weakness and dizziness’

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Putin drew parallels between the founding of Saint Petersburg by Peter the Great and the annexation of the territory by his government

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Vladimir Putin reportedly needed “urgent medical assistance” this week.

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The Russian president was reportedly stricken with “acute illness, weakness and dizziness” during a 90-minute virtual meeting with military leaders and doctors told him not to make “lengthy” public appearances.

According to the General SVR channel on the Telegram messaging app, the sudden illness was the real reason Putin’s annual “Direct Line” live stream was postponed with no postponement plans in place.

The Q&A session – which would see the politician answer questions from Russian citizens – was scheduled for later this month or early July, but it is unclear whether it will ever happen.

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General SVR said: “The postponement of the live [Direct Line] with the president indefinitely is due to the unstable health of Vladimir Putin.

“A week ago, the president was preparing to answer questions from Russian citizens at the end of June-beginning of July.

“But his doctors have advised him not to make any lengthy public appearances in the near future.

“The final argument for not speaking to the public was an incident after a recent hour-and-a-half video-link meeting with representatives of the military bloc…

“After the meeting, Putin felt acute malaise, weakness and dizziness when trying to get up from the table.”

Despite the claims, the 69-year-old president made a rare public appearance in Moscow on Thursday (09.06.22) when he addressed young entrepreneurs, engineers and scientists at an event marking the 350th anniversary of his birth of Peter the Great.

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He said in a speech, “What was (Peter) doing? Pick up and reinforce. That’s what he did. And it seems like it behooves us to pick up and strengthen as well.

The General SVR channel claims to receive inside information and has previously alleged that Putin has cancer and Parkinson’s disease.

“Looks like it fell on us”

Putin spoke of Russia’s need to “take back (territory) and defend itself” on Thursday in a speech in which he compared himself to Peter the Great.

Speaking at a meeting with young entrepreneurs in Moscow, Putin drew a parallel between the founding of St. Petersburg by the conquering monarch and the annexation of the territory by his government.

“When he founded the new capital, no European country recognized it as Russia. Everyone recognized it as Sweden,” Putin said. “And the Slavs had always lived there together with the Finno-Ugrians, and the territory was under the control of the Russian state.”

“What was he doing? Pick up and strengthen. He did that. And it seems like it’s incumbent on us to pick up and strengthen as well,” he said.

Putin also appeared to leave the door open for further territorial expansion, while asserting Russian sovereignty.

“There is no state in between. A country is either sovereign or a colony,” he said.

“It is impossible – do you understand – impossible to build a fence around a country like Russia. And we have no intention of building this fence,” Putin added.

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