Putin delays Kazakh visit, no health problems says Kremlin




 
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March 12th, 2015  
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(Corrects second paragraph to show meeting scheduled for this week) ASTANA (Reuters) - Vladimir Putin has postponed a visit to Kazakhstan, officials from both countries said on Wednesday, though the Kremlin dismissed another report that plans had changed because the Russian president was unwell. Dauren Abayev, adviser and spokesman for Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev, announced the delay of the meeting between the two allies, originally scheduled for this week, without giving a reason or a new date. Another Kazakh government source, speaking on condition of anonymity, told Reuters: "It looks like he (Putin) has fallen ill." Russia's Interfax news agency reported Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov confirming the postponement but denying the statement from the Kazakh source. The president of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko, had also been expected to join Putin and Nazarbayev for talks in Astana to discuss economic cooperation, the conflict in Ukraine and other issues.

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