MOSCOW – The Kremlin has denied Russian media reports claiming President Vladimir Putin has abruptly canceled several trips set for this week.
Online news portal RBC cited local officials as saying Putin had been expected to visit the Altai region in southern Siberia Tuesday, travel to the Yakutia region Wednesday and then to the northwestern Novgorod region the next day.
According to Interfax, Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Wednesday that while many trips are in the planning stage none had been confirmed for this week.
Putin was last time seen in public on Friday's trip to Finland. This week, Russian state television broadcast Putin's meetings with several officials, including Sevastopol Gov. Sergei Menyailo Wednesday.
In March 2015, Putin vanished from public view for 10 days, sparking media speculation about his condition.