(CNN) – Speculation was rife over the whereabouts of the Russian defense minister this Thursday. Sergei ShoikuA Kremlin spokesman declined to comment on media reports that he was unwell.
Shoiku, a close ally of President Vladimir Putin, has recently had a low profile, despite playing a key role in Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Russia’s independent investigative agency Agentstvo announced on Wednesday that Shoiku was unwell, citing unnamed ministry sources.
On Thursday, Peskov avoided questions about Shoiku’s health. When asked by CNN about Shoaib’s absence, he said, “The defense minister now has a lot of work to do.” “Special military action is underway. Naturally, now is not the right time for the media, which is very understandable.”
A Kremlin spokesman declined to comment on Agentstvo’s statement when challenged by CNN. [estas preguntas] To the Ministry of Defense “.
Shoiku appeared on a Channel One broadcast on March 18, claiming that the Russian outlet had been there since that day, but Russian journalists speculated that the event had taken place on March 11.
State television Russia aired footage of a virtual meeting attended by Shoaib on Thursday the 24th, but did not say when it happened.
The presenter was quoted as saying that Peskov had recommended that Shoiku report to the National Security Council on military action in Ukraine. In the broadcast, which interrupted a live interview, Shoaib was not seen speaking, but his picture appeared on screen among participants in a video call explaining to Putin.
During a televised meeting of the Security Council in Russia on March 11, Shoaib told Putin that his invasion of Ukraine was a success. Despite the evidence Otherwise.
Western leaders say the Russian military has faced unexpected obstacles and opposition.
“Everything is going as planned and we inform you here every day this week,” Shoiku said.
He said the Russian military had received more than 16,000 applications from Middle Eastern volunteers seeking to join the war in Ukraine.
The defense minister asked Putin to provide more weapons to the areas where Donbass had split.
Russian military leaders, including Shoaib, have been rejecting calls since the invasion began and are blocking their American counterparts, Pentagon Secretary of State John Kirby said in a statement Thursday. U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin and Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark A. Kirby added that Millie was “looking for calls with their Russian counterparts and is constantly trying.” Minister Shoiku and General (Valery) Gerasimov have so far refused to meet. “
“We continue to believe that the relationship between the US and Russia’s defense leadership is very important at this time,” Kirby added.
CNN previously reported that Austin last spoke with Shoaib on February 18. Millie last spoke with Gerasimo on February 1st.
Speculation about Shoiku’s health suggests that Anatoly Subais, a former member of the Russian government, became the most important person to resign from the Kremlin since the war began a month ago.
Peskov confirmed Subais ‘resignation as Putin’s climate ambassador, but denied any information about Subais’ alleged opposition to the invasion of Ukraine.
“No, the Kremlin knows nothing about it,” Peskov told CNN to comment on reports that Subais had reportedly left his post because he did not agree with Putin’s decision to start a war in Ukraine.
Peskov confirmed that he would send his resignation letter to Putin.
“Those appointed by presidential decree write to Putin (resignation letters),” he added.
Peskov said Subais was not a full-time civil servant and was working on a voluntary basis.
Chubais was best known as President Boris Yeltsin’s finance minister in the 1990s, before moving to powerful positions in Russia’s energy sector.