Putin's violent coughing fit forces Kremlin to deny health problems

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VLADIMIR Putin has broken down in a coughing fit during a televised Covid conference.

The Kremlin was later forced to deny the 68-year-old Russian president has any health problems.

Putin was warning of “acute financial problems” in Russia's regions due to the virus when he suddenly struggled to keep speaking.

He was addressing his finance minister Anton Siluanov and other senior officials when the coughing fit started.

Putin uttered “excuse me” and repeatedly raised his right hand to his mouth as he struggled to go on.

In a version posted by his office his coughing fit was later edited to not seem so acute.

The episode comes amid reports the Russian strongman is planning to quit next year amid growing fears for his health.

Kremlin watchers said recent tell-tale showed Putin has possible symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease.

Asked the coughing fit, the state news agency TASS said Putin’s health was “absolutely normal”.

“The president apologised and continued the meeting almost without pausing,” reported TASS.

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Putin breaks down in coughing fit during televised Covid conference as Kremlin forced to deny health problems

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