President Putin must leave the meeting for continued treatment, a former spy said.
Christopher Steele said British talk radio station LBC of “Increasing Kremlin Confusion”.
Steele’s comments follow weeks of rumors about the health of the Russian president.
According to former British spy Christopher Steele, President Vladimir Putin’s grip on power is diminishing and he must take regular breaks for treatment.
“In our understanding, the Kremlin’s turmoil and turmoil is increasing,” Steele said. Interview with British talk radio station LBC on Wednesday.
Steele is a former MI6 operative and has worked in Russia for many years, including leading the Russian desk of a spy agency for three years.
He told LBC: “There is no clear political leadership from Putin, who is becoming more and more ill, and militarily, the structure of command is not working as expected.”
He didn’t quote his source, but he said he was “quite confident” in his claim. Putin’s top spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, has repeatedly denied the problem.
“What we know is that he is always accompanied around the place by a team of doctors,” Steele said. Steele argued that government meetings, many of which were televised, needed to be divided into sections so that Putin could go out and receive regular treatment.
“It certainly has a very serious impact on Russia’s rule at this point,” he said.
Putin is unlikely to withdraw from Ukraine “due to a political corner where he portrays himself,” Steele said. He added, “As he sees, it probably drives his desire to consolidate his legacy.”
Rumors about Putin’s health have spread for months. May 14, Major Ukrainian Military Intelligence, Major Kirilo Budanov Told Sky News Putin is “very sick” and Suggested that the Kremlin coup is in progress..
And the rumors then went into overdrive Recent TV appearances The president has revealed that he appears to be painful, fidgety, and puffy. They led to speculation that the president may have dementia, Parkinson’s disease, or some type of cancer.
Several tabloid speculation Due to an anonymous Telegram account named “General SVR”. He claims to be a former Kremlin official, but insiders have not been identified.
However, in an interview with LBC, Steele was credible in the rumors of Parkinson’s disease, saying Putin was “probably” suffering from the disease. Nevertheless, “I don’t know the exact details of what his illness is,” Steele said.
During April Detailed investigation by independent Russian outlet Proekt Examination of flight records also revealed that Putin had medical aides with up to 12 doctors at a time, including numerous visits from thyroid cancer specialists over the past decade. rice field.
Steele is the author of a Trump-Russian document containing obscene claims about the former US President, including the rumored “pee tape.”
Since then, no evidence of the tape has been found, and claims in other headings have been distrusted or have not yet been independently confirmed. As reported by CNN..
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