Russian presidential press officer Dmitry Peskov has denied the rumors disseminated by some media that Vladimir Putin has fathered a child, calling the reports "a journalist's hoax."
"The information that Vladimir Putin has fathered a child is not true," Peskov told Forbes magazine in response to a request to comment on the relevant foreign media reports.
"I plan to ask all people who have money to organize a contest for the best journalistic hoax," Peskov said.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has quite a busy schedule of meetings this and next week; it is not ruled out that some of them will take place this weekend, his Press Secretary Dmitry Peskov said. He was commenting on the reports that the head of state has not been seen in public lately due to being ill.
"He is holding meetings all the time, but not all of them are public. His schedule is very busy these days. He is discussing crisis-linked issues and other matters. He is keeping in touch with the government, state-owned companies and the banking sector all the time. Naturally, these meetings are taking up much time," Peskov told the Ekho Moskvy radio station.
When asked about Putin's health, Peskov said: "There is no need to worry. Everything is fine."
"The next week, too, is quite busy, involving preparations for the V-Day festivities, international meetings - I mean Russian-South Ossetian talks with the planned signing of a relevant document," Peskov said on the Russia 24 television station.
In an interview with Interfax on Wednesday, Peskov denied rumors that Putin had to cancel his visit to Kazakhstan on March 12-13 because of an illness.
"The president feels well," he said. The planned summit of Russia, Kazakhstan and Belarus in Astana "will be held in a few days at the decision of the three leaders," he said.
Earlier, Western media claimed that the meeting may have been postponed due to the Russian president's illness.
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