The Kremlin tried to hide the information by showing Vladimir Putin's minister at his hotel
Sergei Lavrov, Russian Foreign Minister, in Bali after being hospitalized (Ministry of Foreign Relations)
Despite Moscow's attempt to deny it, the Indonesian government confirmed that Russian minister Sergei Lavrov was taken to a hospital in Bali where studies were carried out before participating in the G20 Summit that is taking place on that island.
Russian Foreign Minister Russian Foreign Affairs is in good health after passing two medical checks at a hospital since arriving in Bali for the summit, an Indonesian government official said Monday. Lavrov “he is in good health, he came to the hospital yesterday (Sunday) after arriving in Bali just to check his health,” said Sunarto, a person in charge of the Ministry of Health who, like many Indonesians, does not have a last name.
On Monday “he came back to the hospital just for a check-up and thank God he is healthy,” he told the AFP news agency.
A spokesman for the hospital in the Balinese city of Denpasar explained that a G20 delegation went to the hospital, but said they were not authorized to reveal the identity of the patient.
For his part, the governor of Bali, I Wayan Koster, has indicated that Lavrov went to the hospital of Sanglá a day after arriving in Bali for a “check-up”, although shortly after he left the medical center with “good health state of health”, as reported by the Indonesian newspaper The Jakarta Post.
Sergei Lavrov arrived at Ngurah Rai International Airport in Tuban, Indonesia and was transferred to a hospital where he underwent medical evaluations (Reuters)
The spokeswoman for Russian diplomacy, María Zajárova, said that the reports that Lavrov was hospitalized were “lies of the highest level” and published a video of the 72-year-old diplomat in a T-shirt and shorts. The Foreign Affairs Minister leads the Russian delegation to the G20 summit in Bali in the absence of regime chief Vladimir Putin< /b>, which alleged scheduling problems in the midst of the conflict in Ukraine.
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The agency The Associated Press had previously published information about the presence of Lavrov in a health center. The Kremlin he tried to refute and called the version “fake news”. However, as the hours passed, it was the Indonesian government itself that clarified that Putin's envoy had indeed passed not once, but twice by the hospital where a series of studies were carried out. .
The spokeswoman for the Foreign Ministry published a video of Lavrov in the hotel and assured that these are lies, although she did not clarify whether she had received some medical treatment. Maria Zajárova showed her boss sitting outside in a courtyard, wearing shorts and a T-shirt and reading documents.
In July, Lavrov withdrew early from a G20 ministerial meeting after facing a barrage of criticism over the war in Ukraine.
The Kremlin justified the absence of Putin at the meeting for “agenda” reasons that kept the president in Russia, without specifying the commitment that prevents him from participating in one of the most important world summits.
Putin is not even going to address the summit by videoconference, according to the Kremlin , while the Ukrainian president, Volodimir Zelenskyy whose country is not a member of the G20, will speak twice.
The absence of Putin reflects the “sense of stalemate” that reigns among the actors in the conflict in Ukraine, “starting with the Russian leadership,” said Konstantin Kalachev, an independent Russian political scientist.
(With information from AFP, Europa Press and AP).-