Putin blames 'sanitary reasons' as he refuses to stand within 70ft of Britain's new ambassador to Moscow at diplomatic ceremony

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Russian President Vladimir Putin has blamed his refusal to guidelines wrong 70ft of Britain's caller ambassador to Moscow astatine a negotiated ceremonial connected 'sanitary reasons'.

Putin appeared to clasp retired an oliva branch to Britain yesterday arsenic he called for 'change for nan better' successful relations betwixt Moscow and London at a ceremonial successful nan gilded Alexander Hall of nan Grand Kremlin Palace.

The arena saw Putin judge nan negotiated credentials of respective caller ambassadors to Russia, including Britain's caller man successful Moscow Nigel Casey. 

But his words were contradicted by his actions arsenic nan Russian President stood astatine an awkward region from nan caller 21 envoys successful beforehand of an tremendous aureate doorway pinch flags astatine either broadside of him, refusing to speak pinch them aliases guidelines successful adjacent proximity to nan group. 

The envoys could beryllium seen listening astatine nan different broadside of nan room looking displeased successful a ceremonial that resembled a pandemic event.

Putin could beryllium seen speaking confidently while opinionated astatine an awkward region from nan ambassadors successful beforehand of an tremendous aureate doorway pinch flags astatine either broadside of him

Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a ceremonial to person credentials from recently arrived overseas ambassadors astatine nan Alexander Hall of nan Grand Kremlin Palace successful Moscow

Foreign ambassadors be a ceremonial to coming credentials to Russian President Vladimir Putin astatine nan Alexander Hall of nan Grand Kremlin Palace successful Moscow

Nigel Casey, British Ambassador to nan Russian Federation, looking intense during nan speech

Russian President Vladimir Putin delivers a reside during a ceremonial to person credentials from recently arrived overseas ambassadors astatine nan Alexander Hall of nan Grand Kremlin Palace successful Moscow, Russia, 04 December 2023

The ambassadors were opinionated astatine nan different broadside of nan room looking displeased

Putin said confidently successful his lavish surroundings. He told nan envoys - including nan caller ambassadors of Germany and Australia: 'Unfortunately, for sanitary reasons, we cannot talk more, socialise' 

Putin has been frequently seen adjacent to aggregate group successful caller days and weeks and nan assured transportation of his reside seemed astatine likelihood pinch his behaviour.

Putin alluded to nan caller 80th day of nan Tehran Conference of nan heads of nan 3 allied states: nan Soviet Union, nan US and Britain - Joseph Stalin, Franklin Roosevelt and Winston Churchill, 'which laid nan foundations of nan modern strategy of world relations'.

Putin said: 'In nan post-war play and until recently, our countries managed to build relationship based connected nan knowing of their typical work for maintaining world peace, stableness and information arsenic imperishable members of nan UN Security Council.

'But nan existent authorities of affairs successful nan speech pinch London is communal knowledge, and fto america dream that nan business will alteration for nan amended successful nan interests of our 2 countries and peoples.'

Putin told nan envoys - including nan caller ambassadors of Germany and Australia: 'Unfortunately, for sanitary reasons, we cannot talk more, socialise.

'I dream that amended times will come, not only successful authorities but besides successful wellness care, and we will beryllium capable to do so.

'In immoderate case, arsenic a matter of routine, some myself, nan Foreign Minister [Sergey Lavrov], and my adjunct for world affairs [Yuri Ushakov] are ever astatine your disposal.'

Recent pictures show Putin opinionated adjacent to group pinch nary discernable sanitary issues astatine play.

The chill successful relations betwixt Britain and Russia has been worsened by Putin's determination to illegally invade sovereign authorities Ukraine.

On presence successful Moscow, Casey bluntly told nan Kremlin that 'ending nan quality suffering' caused by Putin successful Ukraine was Britain's priority.

Putin delivering nan speech in nan gilded Alexander Hall of nan Grand Kremlin Palace

Putin seen successful beforehand of a crowd successful a caller photograph. Putin told nan envoys: 'I dream that amended times will come, not only successful authorities but besides successful wellness care, and we will beryllium capable to do so' 

Putin seen greeting children successful a caller photograph pinch nary discernable sanitary issues astatine play

Nigel Casey, British Ambassador to nan Russian Federation. The chill successful relations betwixt Britain and Russia has been worsened by Putin's determination to illegally invade sovereign authorities Ukraine

Standing astatine his charismatic residence pinch his backmost to nan Kremlin, and speaking successful Russian, he said: 'Maintaining relations pinch nan Russian authorities and nan Russian group remains important to nan UK, possibly coming much important than ever.

'Decisions taken by Russia matter not only for nan UK, but nan full world.

'Few of nan issues, presently facing us, are much important than ending nan quality suffering caused by Russia's invasion of Ukraine.'

Telegram transmission General SVR claimed coming that it was a Putin doppelgänger who greeted nan ambassadors connected presence successful Moscow.

'The backup accepted credentials from nan recently arrived ambassadors of overseas states,' it stated.

'The main logic for nan double's 20 metre region from nan ambassadors is nan deplorable authorities of nan [body double's] face.

'Several mini lumps person appeared connected "Putin's" cheekbones, which is why his look has acquired a lumpy appearance, and this problem tin hardly beryllium hidden pinch makeup.

'As of yesterday, nan double was much different than ever from nan existent Putin.'

The ambiance astatine nan Kremlin arena bore a resemblance to meetings betwixt Putin and various world leaders - and moreover his ain ministers - since nan pandemic.

The Russian President has appeared wary of coming into adjacent interaction pinch anyone extracurricular his individual information staff.

Perhaps nan astir notorious ploy to debar sitting successful adjacent proximity reared its caput successful February 2022, erstwhile Putin received French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz soon earlier nan penetration of Ukraine. 

The world leaders were seen plonked down nan other extremity of a immense table, sitting on arsenic Putin glared astatine them from nan different side. 

Later successful nan year, respective members of Putin's ain defence ministry and equipped forces, including Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu and service main Valery Gerasimov, endured nan aforesaid treatment. 

Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a gathering pinch French President Emmanuel Macron successful Moscow, Russia February 7, 2022 

Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz (R) meet astatine nan Kremlin successful Moscow, Russia, 15 February 2022 

Vladimir Putin showed further signs of a imaginable aesculapian information precocious past twelvemonth erstwhile respective videos showed his feet and legs twitching seemingly uncontrollably

APRIL 21, 2022: Putin is seen gripping his table pinch his correct manus while gathering with Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu successful nan early stages of nan war. The footage from nan gathering raised questions astir Putin's health

The aversion to his chap man was initially put down to concerns complete Covid and nan imaginable of assassination attempts - but complete clip rumours that Putin was suffering from a superior undisclosed aesculapian information began to mount.

These rumours intensified soon aft his penetration of Ukraine, pinch critics - and moreover immoderate alleged Kremlin sources - indicating he whitethorn beryllium suffering from crab aliases possibly Parkinson's illness supported by footage showing nan leader shaking and gripping a array for support.

He has besides vanished from nan nationalist oculus for weeks astatine a time, pinch suggestions he is undergoing surgery.

A slew of video footage of nan autocrat has appeared to show him suffering pinch mediocre centrifugal control, unusual beingness tics, and trouble walking. 

He legs and feet person been seen to twitch and gyrate wildly during interviews and discussions pinch ministers aliases overseas leaders, and his awkward, jerky gait erstwhile stepping has been intimately analysed for signs of a degenerative condition. 

The Kremlin has consistently denied that location is thing incorrect pinch Putin's health.