The cancellation raised eyebrows when a Kazakh official said the trip had been called off because Mr Putin had "fallen ill".There were other claims that Mr Putin had lost his grip on power and that a coup was taking place.Citing local residents, Switzerland's Bick tabloid said on Friday that Mr Putin flew to Switzerland to be with Alina Kabaeva, his rumoured lover, as she went into labour at the private Clinic Sant'Anna near Lugano earlier this week.
Reporters last saw the president when he met Matteo Renzi, the Italian prime minister, on March 5.
Photographs of Mr Putin meeting officials one-on-one have been put on the Kremlin website since then but his gathering with a group of women for International Women's Day on March 8 actually took place three days earlier, according to one participant.
Miss Kabaeva, 31, has been rumoured to be in a relationship with Mr Putin for several years, but the Kremlin has never acknowledged any link between the pair.
Friday's unconfirmed reports about a new child were the latest in a series of rumours to circulate since Mr Putin, 62, cancelled a planned trip to Kazakhstan on Wednesday.
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