Russian President Vladimir Putin (center) and General Valery Gerasimov, accompanied by Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoig, held an extension meeting of the Russian Defense Ministry’s board of directors at the Defense Control Center in Moscow, Russia on December 21. After attending, walk. 2021. (Photo of Kremlin Pool via Mikhail Metsel, Sputnik, AP)
The Kremlin disagrees with reports and speculation that Russian defense minister Sergei Shoigu has gone missing during the weeks of conflict in Ukraine.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov also told reporters Thursday that Shiohisa couldn’t be seen in public because he didn’t have time.
“The Defense Minister is now worried a lot. A special military operation is underway,” Peskov said, referring to Russia’s explanation of the conflict in Ukraine. “Of course, it’s not the time for media activity, which is very understandable,” he says. Said Answer questions about Shoigu’s health and whereabouts.
Peskov argued that “you don’t need to listen to Agentstvo” in response to the allegation that Shiohisa suffers from undisclosed health problems. “Please contact the Department of Defense.”
Thursday, Shoigu footage Released Show that state-owned RIA Novosti is talking to Russian President Vladimir Putin and other advisers, according to To Reuters.Shoigu saw In the upper corner of the screen used by Putin, RIA Novosti said, “Putin listened to Shoigu’s report,” and “The Minister of Defense of the Russian Federation reported to the President on the progress of Ukraine’s special operations.” Stated.
Shoigu reportedly appeared in the media almost every day until March 11th, following the aftermath of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, which began on February 24th.Shoigu at a Security Council meeting televised Told Putin On March 11, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine went smoothly.
“Everything is going according to plan. I will report here every day this week,” Shoigu said at the time. Western officials said Moscow is facing significant resistance from Ukrainian troops.
When Shoigu met Thursday, he up-to-date with the Putin Russian Security Council on Russia’s activities in Ukraine, a Reuters news agency. report, Quoted from the Kremlin. No other details regarding the update are provided.
Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergeĭ Viklov warned that the Polish government-backed proposal to send NATO peacekeepers to Ukraine would backfire. NATO leaders will meet on Thursday in the conflict between Ukraine and Russia.
“Our Polish colleagues have already stated that the NATO summit is about to take place, and peacekeeping forces should be deployed,” Viklov reported on Wednesday, state media. “I hope they understand that they are at stake. This is a direct clash between Russian and NATO troops, not only everyone wanted to avoid, but in principle it never happens. I said. “
We asked the Russian Ministry of Defense for comment.