Unverified media sources said Russian President Vladimir Putin may undergo cancer surgery while temporarily transferring power to Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev.
In an interview with the New York Post, a former Russian Foreign Intelligence Service lieutenant general claimed doctors told him he needed surgery.
Putin will be incapacitated for “a short time” after the surgery and rehabilitation, the report claimed.
According to the study, Putin has been rumoured to have cancer and a plethora of other dangerous diseases, including Parkinson’s disease.
Pentagon spokesperson John Kirby stated on Monday that “I have seen nothing that could help us corroborate that,” according to the New York Post.
Putin apparently held a two-hour “heart-to-heart” with Nikolai Patrushev recently, according to a Telegram post.
“We know Putin told Patrushev he is his only trusted buddy and friend in the cabinet,” the post stated. “If the president’s health deteriorates, Patrushev will temporarily take charge of the country,” the president added.
“Patrushev is a bad guy. He’s no better than Putin. He is also more crafty and manipulative than Vladimir Putin. If he wins, Russia’s issues will worsen “Putin had cancer surgery, according to the Telegram channel’s owner.
According to the Telegram channel, Patrushev would only be in charge of the country for two to three days.
The Russian Security Council, of which Patrushev is secretary, is a powerful group that advises Putin on military and security matters within Russia, according to the New York Post.
It alleged Patrushev, like Putin, was a career Russian intelligence agent, first with the Soviet KGB, then with the Russian FSB.
He accused America and Europe of backing neo-Nazi ideas in Ukraine and trying to prolong the fight “until the last Ukrainian” in a rare interview with the state-run Russian newspaper Rossiyskaya Gazeta.
“The Americans decided to create an antipode of our country, cynically choosing Ukraine for this, trying to separate fundamentally a single people,” he allegedly remarked.
A strong grasp on a desk while meeting with Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu last month aroused concerns about the Russian President’s health.