There have been rumors for a long time that Russian President Vladimir Putin is seriously ill. Foreign Minister Lavrov has now commented on this in a TV interview.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has denied rumors that Kremlin boss Vladimir Putin has fallen ill. “I don’t think that reasonable people can see signs of any kind of illness or infirmity in this person,” said Lavrov on Sunday in response to a question from French television channel TF1.

Vladimir Putin’s health is a taboo subject in Russia

Putin, who will be 70 in October, appears in public “every day”. “You can see him on screens, read and listen to his speeches,” Lavrov said, according to a statement released by the Russian Foreign Ministry. Putin’s health and personal life are taboo subjects in Russia and almost never discussed in public.

Putin, who has been in control of Russia’s fortunes for more than two decades, ordered a military operation in Ukraine on February 24. Thousands of people have been killed since then and millions of Ukrainians have been forced to flee. The West imposed unprecedented sanctions on Russia.