Moscow, Nov 14 (EFE).- Russia denied media reports Monday that its foreign minister Sergei Lavrov had been hospitalized after his arrival in Indonesia, where he is to attend the G20 summit.
Foreign ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on her Telegram channel that the minister was with her at the hotel where the Russian delegation is staying in Bali.
“Here with Sergei Viktorovich (his patronymic name) in Indonesia we are reading the news and we can’t believe our eyes: it turns out that he is hospitalized,” said Zakharova in her message.
“This, of course, is the pinnacle of fakes,” she added.
The spokeswoman then posted a video of Lavrov reading documents on a terrace, wearing a t-shirt and shorts.
She tells him about the news of his alleged hospitalization, to which he replies: “They have also been writing for nearly 10 years about our president (Vladimir Putin) being ill.”
“Western journalists need to be more truthful,” he says to the camera.
Earlier on Monday, the Associated Press cited local authorities as saying Lavrov had to be taken to the hospital due to a heart condition following his arrival in Bali for the G20 summit. EFE