“As a result of identified cases of coronavirus in his environment, Vladimir Putin must respect a regime of self-isolation for a certain period of time,” the presidency said in a statement.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitri Peskov assured that Putin “is in perfect health” and that he underwent a diagnostic test for the virus, although without revealing the result.
Russian authorities have taken exceptional measures since the beginning of the pandemic to protect the 68-year-old president, who has been vaccinated with Sputnik V.
Before meeting him, foreign leaders, journalists and senior officials have had to isolate themselves.
On Monday, Putin met with Syrian dictator Bashar al Assad and Russian athletes returning from the Tokyo Paralympic Games.
Russia is among the countries most affected by the coronavirus pandemic, in fifth position in terms of the number of infected according to the AFP balance.
Despite the high availability of vaccines, health authorities are unable to control infections.
As of Tuesday, the country had 7.1 million cases and more than 194,000 deaths, the highest figure in Europe.
The number of cases has remitted after skyrocketing in August, but 17,837 new cases and 781 new deaths were still reported on Tuesday.
Only 39.9 million of the 146 million Russians are fully vaccinated, according to the Gogov website, which collects official data from the regions.
Russia has several vaccines of its own available to its population, but does not distribute any vaccines made in Western countries.
Moscow, the epicenter of the pandemic in the country, and other regions have introduced mandatory vaccination measures to speed up immunization and Putin has repeatedly called on his citizens to be immunized.
The Kremlin’s goal was to have 60% of the population protected in September, but it did not achieve its purpose despite having started vaccination in early December 2020.