Vladimir Putin's spokesmen has confirmed that the Russian President suffered a "muscle strain" during a 'bird stunt' before attending a summit of world leaders in September, but denied that the injury has caused him to postpone a series of foreign trips and curtail his activities in Moscow.
"We have repeatedly said that such ideas do not have any foundation," Kremlin spokesman Dmitri Peskov said in a statement.
"Every athlete has many injuries, especially those who play sport actively and on a daily basis, like Putin. He has trained for a long time, practically semi-professionally," he added.
According to ABC News, the comments came speculation emerged that Putin's was affecting his travel and work plans.
A Russian news report said Putin sustained the injury during a stunt in which he flew with a flock of migrating cranes in a motorized hang glider just before the APEC summit in Vladivostok, in Russia's far east. (ANI)