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Putin Postpones Kazakh Visit

A two-day visit by Russian President Vladimir Putin to Kazakhstan has been postponed, and a Kazakh official said he may be ill.

Putin was to be joined in Astana by Belarusian President Alyaksandr Lukashenka for meetings hosted by Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbaev on March 12 and 13.

Putin's spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, said on March 11 that the three leaders have decided to "postpone the meeting in Astana by several days."

A Kazakh government official who requested anonymity told Reuters that the meeting may have been called off due to illness, saying "it looks like [Putin] has fallen ill."

Peskov denied such reports saying, "The president is quite well" and would make the trip a few days later.

It was unclear whether Lukashenka, who was reportedly due in Kazakhstan on March 13, would still make the trip.

Based on reporting by Reuters and TASS