Apparently, the ailing Russian President Vladimir Putin is surrounded by doctors, and the Kremlin is increasingly in chaos, said in an interview with former British intelligence officer Christopher Steele.
Steele, who provided the infamous unverified dossier on Donald Trump’s ties to Russia, suggesting possible Kremlin interference in the 2016 election, said Putin was “constantly accompanied by a team of doctors,” according to sources.
“Security Council meetings, which have been shown to last an hour, are in fact divided into several sections … he goes out and receives some medical treatment between those sections,” the former MI6 official told Britain on Wednesday. leading conversation radio network LBC.
Others also speculate that Putin is ill, pointing to his sometimes extremely swollen face and sitting at a huge table since French President Emmanuel Macron’s visit in February – although Macron reportedly refused to be tested for COVID-19.
Tracy Walder – who served both at the CIA’s Counterterrorism Center and as an FBI special agent – said in February that Putin looked and acted very different in appearance.
Last month, Putin looked trembling and grabbed a table while talking to his defense minister.
The Week reported on an audio recording of a Kremlin-linked oligarch referring to Putin’s “blood cancer”.
Steele told Sky News that Putin’s illness could be an “element” in his radical invasion of Ukraine.
The Kremlin has denied that Putin is ill.
Steele insisted that it was clear that Putin was ill, but details were not known. “It’s not clear how terminal or incurable it is … we can’t be completely sure,” he added.
But this “certainly has a very serious impact on Russia’s governance at the moment,” Steele said.
“There is growing disorder and chaos in the Kremlin, in fact, that there is no clear political leadership coming from Putin, who is getting sicker, and that from the point of view of military command structures and so on, they are not functioning properly,” he said.
See the full interview here: