At the plenary session of the Russia Energy Week forum, Putin was asked whether he would attend the COP26 climate conference in Glasgow.
“I have not taken a decision on this yet due to the situation with the pandemic,” Putin said. However, in any case, I will participate and take part in the work. I don’t know yet if I will go or not, but of course I will attend.
In response to this question, Putin made the statement that he thinks he may have contracted the coronavirus, but he did not get the virus because he had the Sputnik V vaccine.
The Russian leader said, “While meeting with the people who work in my closest circle and unfortunately got sick, there was a situation where the virus could be transmitted. However, as our experts have firmly stated, I did not catch the virus thanks to the protection provided by our vaccine, Sputnik V. But it’s not just about me. When I go somewhere, many people, more than 100 people go with me. Press office, security people, drivers, protocol etc. There are too many people risking their lives in one way or another. There is something to think about in that sense.”
In September, Putin said that people from his close circle who got their second vaccination late caught the coronavirus. For this reason, the Russian leader was in quarantine, working remotely and attending events via video conference.
Putin noted that the antibody level was still high during this period.