MOSCOW: Russian international minister Sergei Lavrov on Sunday denied hypothesis that President Vladimir Putin was ailing, saying there have been no indicators pointing to any ailment. Putin’s well being and personal life are taboo topics in Russia, and are nearly by no means mentioned in public. Answering a query from France’s broadcaster TF1, Russia’s prime diplomat stated: “I do not suppose that sane individuals can see on this individual indicators of some sort of sickness or ailment.” Lavrov stated that Putin, who will flip 70 in October, appeared in public “day by day”. “You’ll be able to watch him on screens, learn and hearken to his speeches,” Lavrov stated in feedback launched by the Russian international ministry. “I go away it to the conscience of those that unfold such rumours.” Putin, who has been in energy in Russia for greater than twenty years, despatched troops to Ukraine on February 24, sending shock waves world wide. Moscow’s offensive has killed 1000’s of individuals, sparked the largest refugee disaster in Europe since World Battle II and led to unprecedented Western sanctions in opposition to Moscow.