Russian President, Vladimir Putin, is self-isolating, after contact with people infected with the coronavirus.
Kremlim spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, said on Tuesday that Putin isolated to avoid endangering the health of his colleagues.
Earlier in the day, Putin told Tajik President, Emomali Rahmon, that he would not be able to attend the Collective Security Treaty Organisation.
He said he would have to self-isolate and as a result, may not attend the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation summits in Dushanbe later in September.
“Putin told Rahmon that, unfortunately, the coronavirus cases are detected in the entourage of the head of state.
“In fact, the president is a contact person, so he must pursue a responsible position and not endanger the health of his colleagues participating in the summits that will take place in Dushanbe tomorrow, and the day after tomorrow,’’ Peskov said.