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Russia's Lavrov Reported Sick

15 November 2022 03:34

Russian Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov was taken to hospital after suffering a health problem following his arrival for The Group of 20 Summit in Bali, according to multiple Indonesian authorities on Monday (14/11/2022) however Russia denied Lavrov was taken to hospital. Lavrov arrived on the resort island the previous evening ahead of the meeting which begins Tuesday (15/11/2022) morning.

Four Indonesian government and medical officials told the associated press that Lavrov was receiving treatment at The Sanglah Hospital in the provincial capital Denpasar. All of the officials declined to be identified as they were not authorized to discuss the matter publicly. The hospital did not immediately comment. Two of the people said Lavrov was treated for a heart condition.

Meanwhile, Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova later denied that Lavrov had been hospitalized but did not address whether he had received treatment. She posted a video of Lavrov looking healthy in a t-shirt and shorts in which he was asked to comment on the report of his treatment.

In the video, Lavrov says "they’ve been writing about our president for 10 years that he’s fallen ill. It’s a game that is not new in politics". Russia’s state news agency tass cited Lavrov saying  "I’m in the hotel reading materials for the summit tomorrow". Lavrov is the highest-ranking Russian Official to attend The G20 summit which US President Joe Biden, China's Xi Jinping, and other leaders are attending.