Vladimir Putin is “totally too healthy,” CIA Secretary William Burns said Wednesday, chilling the constant rumors that the Russian president is suffering from illness while pursuing a war with Ukraine. I threw it.
Burns spoke at the Aspen Security Forum, stating that his declaration was “not a formal intelligence decision.” Still, given his position, Burns’ comments could help weaken the hopes among Putin’s adversaries that Russia is nearing its end.
The day after Putin’s visit to Iran, Burns met with Iran’s President Ebrahim Raishi and Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Hamenei.
Putin’s expansion outside Russia was rare. He was largely isolated during the coronavirus pandemic, even when he began the war. However, both Iran and Russia are facing global exclusion and appear to be stepping up their cooperation. US officials say Iran plans to transfer hundreds of drones to Russia to support its war effort.
Former career diplomat Burns, who toured twice in Moscow, spent much of his appearance in Aspen, answering questions about the war between Russia and Ukraine.
“As far as we know, he’s completely too healthy,” he said when asked about Putin’s health.
He showed that the Iranians need to rethink their decision to give Putin a drone. At the same time, Burns said the fact that Putin is looking to Iran for such weapons is a sign of the weakness of Russia’s own defense sector.