Lavrov dismisses Related Press reportAP: Lavrov was handled for coronary heart conditionBali governor: Lavrov had checks in hospital, in good well being
NUSA DUA, Indonesia, Nov 14 (Reuters) – Russian Overseas Minister Sergei Lavrov on Monday dismissed a information company report that he had been taken to hospital with a coronary heart situation, scolding Western journalists for what he forged as false reporting.
Related Press, citing Indonesian officers, stated Lavrov had been taken to hospital after arriving on the island of Bali for a Group of 20 summit. AP stated Lavrov, 72, had been handled for a coronary heart situation.
“This, in fact, is the peak of fakery,” Russian Overseas Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova stated.
Zakharova posted a video of Lavrov, President Vladimir Putin’s international minister since 2004, sitting outside on a patio, wearing shorts and a T-shirt and studying paperwork.
Requested concerning the report, Lavrov stated Western journalists had been writing falsely for a decade that Putin, 70, was in poor health.
“It is a sort of recreation that’s not new in politics,” Lavrov stated with an ironic smile. “Western journalists have to be extra truthful – they should write the reality.”
Lavrov, who arrived in Bali on Sunday night, stated Western media routinely took a partial view of occasions and ignored Russia’s viewpoint.
Bali Governor I Wayan Koster informed Reuters that Lavrov had briefly visited Sanglah Hospital in Bali for a “check-up” however that the minister was in good well being.
“He was in good well being and after the check-up he instantly left,” the governor stated.
Related Press stated it stood by its story.
“To be clear, AP by no means reported Lavrov was ‘hospitalized’,” stated Lauren Easton, AP vp of Company Communications.
“We reported he had been taken to the hospital, and enumerated the variety of sources offering that data.”
Lavrov is Russia’s longest-serving international minister since Soviet instances, when Andrei Gromyko, nicknamed “Mr Nyet” within the West for his uncompromising strategy, held the publish for 28 years.
A graduate of the celebrated Moscow State Institute of Worldwide Relations, Lavrov speaks fluent English and French and in addition Sinhalese, having labored as a Soviet diplomat in Sri Lanka.
Earlier than changing into international minister, Lavrov served as Russia’s everlasting consultant to the United Nations.
Generally nicknamed “Dr No” within the West, he’s identified for his acerbic remarks, particularly about interlocutors whom he considers poorly ready.
Earlier than Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Lavrov repeatedly dismissed U.S. and British assertions that Putin was making ready to order an invasion.
After the West imposed essentially the most stringent sanctions in trendy historical past on Russia, Lavrov stated Moscow would flip away from the US and its allies and as an alternative increase relations with nations in Asia, Africa and Latin America.
Reporting by Reuters; enhancing by Man Faulconbridge, Kevin Liffey and Gareth Jones
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