ASTANA, March 11 Russian President Vladimir
Putin has cancelled a visit to Moscow's close ally Kazakhstan
planned for this week, possibly due to illness, a Kazakh
government official said on Wednesday.
"The visit has been cancelled. It looks like he (Putin) has
fallen ill," the official told Reuters, requesting anonymity.
The president of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko, had also
been expected to join Putin and Kazakh President Nursultan
Nazarbayev for talks in the Kazakh capital Astana on Friday. It
was not clear whether Lukashenko would still make the trip.
A Kremlin spokesman could not be immediately reached for
comment, and a spokesman for Lukashenko declined to comment.
(Reporting by Raushan Nurshayeva; Writing by Dmitry Solovyov,
editing by Thomas Grove)