Russia denies foreign minister hospitalized ahead of G20 summit

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov attends a session of the Russian State Duma on October 3, 2022.

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The Russian Foreign Ministry on Monday denied a report that Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov was taken to hospital after arriving in Bali on Sunday for the G-20 meeting.

AP, citing four Indonesian government and medical officials, reported that Lavrov, 72, had been taken to hospital after landing in Bali, where he is due to attend the summit which begins on Tuesday, and had been treated for a heart condition, without further details.

Bali Governor I Wayan Koster told Reuters Lavrov went to hospital, for what he said was a check-up, and the minister was in good health.

However, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova derided the report on Monday, saying she was “here with Sergey Viktorovich [Lavrov] in Indonesia… and we can’t believe our eyes: it turns out that he was hospitalized,” she said, calling the report “the height of fake news.”

She then posted a video of Lavrov dismissing reports that he had fallen ill, saying Russia was used to similar reports speculating about President Vladimir Putin’s health.

“Well, it’s been 10 years since it’s been written about our president that he got sick. It’s such a game that’s not new in politics,” Lavrov said.

Footage showed him arriving at Bali’s Ngurah Rai International Airport on Sunday and being greeted by officials.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Viktorovich Lavrov exits the plane upon arrival at VVIP I terminal at I Gusti Ngurah Rai airport in Bali, Indonesia, November 13, 2022.

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Lavrov is leading the Russian delegation to the G-20 summit where he is expected to advocate for Russia to export its grain and fertilizers unhindered and increase gas supplies to Turkey.

Lavrov is due to attend the Bali summit in place of President Vladimir Putin, who previously said he would not attend the meeting. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy is expected to attend virtually.

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