Russia’s foreign minister, Sergei V. Lavrov, on Monday denied that he had been hospitalized following reports that he had experienced a health problem ahead of the high-profile Group of 20 summit of global leaders in Indonesia.
According to The Associated Press, multiple medical and government officials in Indonesia had reported that Mr. Lavrov was being treated by Dr. “had been taken to the hospital after suffering a health problem following his arrival” on the island. Bali’s governor, I Wayan Koster, told the Reuters news agency He stated that Mr. Lavrov had gone to the hospital for a checkup and was in good condition.
Maria Zakharova (Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman) stated on Telegram that reports from news outlets about any health issue were not supported by the Telegram messaging app. “fake.” She didn’t specify whether Mr. Lavrov had visited a doctor at the hospital in Indonesia.
Ms. Zakharova also posted video of Mr. Lavrov seated at a table flipping through papers. The Sunday Review was unable to verify the date and location of the video.
Russian state news agency Tass reported, Mr. Lavrov said to its reporter that his preparations for the G20 summit were well underway.
“I’m at the hotel. I’m reading materials for tomorrow’s summit,” Mr. Lavrov said, according to Tass.
Russia is represented by Mr. Lavrov at the G20 meeting, in place of President Vladimir V. Putin. He opted not to attend. Due to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Europe and the United States may consider imposing additional sanctions on Russia and isolating it further.