RUSSIAN tyrant Vladimir Putin might have used a physique double for his arrival at a summit in Tehran this week, the top of Ukrainian intelligence mentioned.
Putin, 69, bounced alongside the crimson carpet along with his arm hanging limp by his facet after shuffling down the steps of his presidential jet.
However the animated warmonger – who’s rumoured to have Parkinson’s or terminal most cancers – appeared to stroll sooner than ordinary, and appeared extra alert than in earlier public appearances and photographs, Ukrainian sources mentioned.
Main Normal Kyrylo O. Budanov advised Ukraine’s 1+1 information channel he was sceptical about Putin’s energetic look – in a nod to experiences the president might already be utilizing physique doubles and pre-recorded appearances to cover his poor well being.
“I’ll solely trace,” Budavov mentioned within the interview.
“Please look in the intervening time of Putin’s exit from the airplane. Is it Putin in any respect?”
The Russian chief met Iran’s management and hardline Islamist tyrant Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, with whom he was anticipated to debate conflict plans and weapon exchanges of their coordinated marketing campaign towards the West.
It was Putin’s first journey outdoors the boundaries of the previous Soviet Union for the reason that invasion of Ukraine in February.
Khamenei – sworn enemy of the US, UK and Israel – is considered one of solely a handful of world leaders nonetheless keen to do enterprise with blood-soaked outcast Putin.
Turkey’s strongman president Recep Tayyip Erdogan – blasted over human rights abuses and strained relations with NATO allies – joined the pair for talks.
However a humiliated Putin was pressured to attend an excruciating 48 seconds for Erdogan to enter the room for his or her photo-op – seen as a withering dig on the Russian chief.
Putin has described Western sanctions as a declaration of financial conflict – and can be trying to construct bridges with China and India.
Suspicions over Putin’s use of physique doubles come two years after he first admitted he had thought-about utilizing them, however has since then mentioned he had dropped the thought.
“I discarded the thought of any doubles,” he mentioned.
Putin’s well being has been topic to very large scrutiny within the wake of the conflict in Ukraine, and rumours continued to mount within the wake of final month’s navy parade when the tyrant was seen with a blanket over his legs.