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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Aliyev Says He Feels Fine




Azerbaijan's President Heidar Aliyev said he was feeling fine in the Turkish military hospital to which he was flown Sunday and denied suggestions he was having a recurrence of heart problems.


"Now I feel fine ... super!" the smiling 75-year-old leader told Russia's private NTV television Wednesday at Gulhane military hospital in Ankara. He was invited there by Turkish President Suleyman Demirel, a close ally.


Aliyev's publicly announced illness last weekend was the first acknowledged health setback since he had a heart attack in 1987 while a member of the Soviet Politburo in Moscow.


On Wednesday, a Turkish newspaper reported that Aliyev had been diagnosed with heart problems. The daily Milliyet said doctors at the hospital diagnosed that his heart was only functioning at 25 percent capacity.


Officials in the Azeri capital, Baku, denied the report and said his current condition, described as bronchitis and a respiratory viral infection, does not have cardiac complications.


Milliyet reported Aliyev's condition was serious but not critical.


"There has been no deterioration of the ischemic heart disease," one of his doctors, Fuad Aliyev, told NTV, referring to an ailment that reduces the blood supply to the heart. "He is being treated for acute bronchitis."


The president himself referred to his 1987 seizure and said he had not suffered any problems since.


Aliyev's aides have said they expected him back in Baku toward the end of this week.