Karelia, view on the island Valaam archipelago
According to unconfirmed reports, Russian President Vladimir Putin on Sunday, arrived on the island of Valaam, where he will meet with Patriarch Kirill, reports the Agency FlashNord with reference to a source in the government of Karelia.
“The head of state arrived to Valaam, where he will visit the monastery and meet with Patriarch Kirill. The latter also came to the island,” — said the Agency interlocutor. According to him, the President will stay on the island until Monday inclusive.
Official confirmation of this information has been received.
July 8, the Agency 47news.ru reported that the Federal security service for 10 days closed for flights of private aircraft airspace of the Leningrad region and Karelia. The Agency cited a source in the presidential administration, who said that the reason for the closure of the sky may be the visit to Leningrad region the first persons of the state.
The official website of the Patriarchate confirmed that Patriarch Kirill is on a visit in Valaam, on 10 July he consecrated a chapel in honor of all the saints of Valaam.
July 6, three sources close to the Kremlin, said that Putin canceled all scheduled for this week of trips to the regions, while the reasons for the abolition of the interlocutors of RBC say they did not. Press Secretary of the head of state, Dmitry Peskov, told RBC that none of these visits were unannounced. “They were among a dozen alleged. Suggests help, etc. But haven’t finally confirmed,” he said.
As previously wrote RBC, the last time Putin took part in public events, which invite the press, 1 July, when the President flew to Finland. Monday, July 4, the Kremlin website only puts the meeting reports.
The last time the President canceled the trip and was out of sight of the media in the spring of 2015. Then he canceled a meeting with the leaders of Belarus and Kazakhstan, and appeared in public with 5 to March 16. All this time, the press service of the Kremlin published on the website the records of its closed meetings, as found RBC, actually was pre-recorded. Reuters sources said that the President was ill, but Peskov insisted that the head of state is healthy.