Vladimir Putin goes into self-isolation just hours after meeting with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad

After a member of his entourage contracted Covid-19 hours after meeting with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, Russian President Vladimir Putin has gone into self-isolation.

Putin canceled a planned trip to Tajikistan after being completely inoculated with the Russian coronavirus vaccine Sputnik V.

On Monday, he attended various public events, including a meeting with Russian Paralympians, military drills with Belarus, and a meeting with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Vladimir Putin goes into self-isolation just hours after meeting with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters that Putin is ‘absolutely healthy’, but will self-isolate after coming in contact with someone who contracted the virus.

He did not clarify for how long Putin would remain in self-isolation but assured that the president will continue working as usual.

Asked if Putin tested negative for the virus, Peskov said: ‘Of course, yes.’ 

During his meeting with the Paralympians yesterday, Putin hinted he may need to self-isolate but then went on to hold face to face talks with Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad

‘Even in my close circle, people are having issues with COVID-19,’ he told Russia’s athletes on Monday.

‘I myself may have to self-isolate soon. Many people are sick.’

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