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Putin, after absence from public view, to meet Kyrgyz leader Monday, Kremlin says

  • Russian President Vladimir Putin shakes hands with the Supreme Court Chairman Vyacheslav Lebedev, right, in the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow, Russia, Friday, March 13, 2015. The Kremlin says Russian President Vladimir Putin, who has been out of public view for more than a week, is to meet on Monday with the president of Kyrgyzstan. (AP Photo/RIA Novosti, Alexei Druzhinin, Presidential Press Service)

    Russian President Vladimir Putin shakes hands with the Supreme Court Chairman Vyacheslav Lebedev, right, in the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow, Russia, Friday, March 13, 2015. The Kremlin says Russian President Vladimir Putin, who has been out of public view for more than a week, is to meet on Monday with the president of Kyrgyzstan. (AP Photo/RIA Novosti, Alexei Druzhinin, Presidential Press Service)  (The Associated Press)

  • Russian President Vladimir Putin listens to the Supreme Court Chairman Vyacheslav Lebedev, right, in the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow, Russia, Friday, March 13, 2015. The Kremlin says Russian President Vladimir Putin, who has been out of public view for more than a week, is to meet on Monday with the president of Kyrgyzstan. (AP Photo/RIA Novosti, Alexei Druzhinin, Presidential Press Service)

    Russian President Vladimir Putin listens to the Supreme Court Chairman Vyacheslav Lebedev, right, in the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow, Russia, Friday, March 13, 2015. The Kremlin says Russian President Vladimir Putin, who has been out of public view for more than a week, is to meet on Monday with the president of Kyrgyzstan. (AP Photo/RIA Novosti, Alexei Druzhinin, Presidential Press Service)  (The Associated Press)

The Kremlin says Russian President Vladimir Putin, who has been out of public view for more than a week, is to meet on Monday with the president of Kyrgyzstan.

Putin earlier this week postponed a planned summit with the leaders of Kazakhstan and Belarus, drawing attention to his unusual long hiatus of public appearances and raising speculation that he was ill.

His spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, told The Associated Press on Thursday that Putin's "health is really perfect."

The planned meeting on Monday in St. Petersburg with Almazbek Atambaev is to discuss Kyrgyzstan's joining the Eurasian Economic Union, a nascent Moscow-led trade bloc that also includes Belarus, Kazakhstan and Armenia, the Kremlin said in a Friday statement.