Vladimir Putin’s spokesperson has confirmed that the Russian president’s planned visits to Turkey and Bulgaria have been pushed back to December, Russian media reported on November 1.
In recent weeks there have been reports that Putin’s trips abroad have been rescheduled because he has back pain. The Kremlin initially rejected reports of Putin having any health problems and has said that he is in good health, but the Russian president’s spokesperson, Dmitry Peskov, has now confirmed those reports, saying that Putin was suffering from an old sports-related injury.
Putin’s foreign visits have been postponed at Kremlin’s request. “There were no fixed dates for those trips, dates often get changed with the agreement of both sides,” Peskov said.
Bulgaria is scheduled to sign an investment decision on the Bulgarian section of the South Stream gas pipeline on November 9. Putin was expected to visit Sofia and attend the signing, but now Russia is expected to be represented by Gazprom head Alexey Miller.