Russian President Vladimir Putin has apologized for failing to attend the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) summit in Dushanbe, Tajikistan, Report informs via Russian media.

Putin joined the event in a video format and apologized to the summit participants.

The Russian leader said that some people he came in contact with were infected with the coronavirus: “Dozens of people have been infected with the coronavirus, not just one or two. Therefore, I postponed my visit to Dushanbe at the last moment, and I am sorry about it. As you know, the reason for this is that people around me are infected with the coronavirus,” Putin said.