The situation with the hospitalization of American Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin is significant, but does not require additional security measures from Russia. This statement was made on Monday, February 12, by Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Sergei Ryabkov.
The diplomat recalled that closed contacts between Moscow and Washington have long been reduced to almost zero - “they are episodic in nature and are not tied to situations like the one you mentioned.”
What happened with Austin “has a certain significance, but from the point of view of the general context of bilateral relations, this is not some kind of extraordinary turn that requires additional measures - on our part, at least - or additional clarification,” Ryabkov emphasized.
Earlier it was reported that Pentagon chief Lloyd Austin, who was diagnosed with prostate cancer, was transferred to the intensive care unit of the Walter Reed Center due to problems with the bladder. Doctors promise that this will not affect recovery, but they do not disclose the timing of treatment.
Meanwhile, urologist-andrologist Mikhail Koryakin suggested that the American Minister of Defense an attack of pyelonephritis could occur (acute kidney inflammation), requiring antibacterial therapy. According to the professor, such a complication in the postoperative period occurs infrequently, but is not uncommon.