A body language expert claimed that Russian President Vladimir Putin showed signs of anger and frustration during his latest speech.

According to Mirror, while speaking in Moscow at a summit of the Russian-led Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO), he was seen manically darting, widening and wincing his eyes. On the other hand, Judi James, a body language expert, claimed that he looks to be "suppressing anger or frustration."

Putin tries to adopt an air of confidence and control at the start, but his "body language fluctuations look much more complex than his outward projections," said James. He used his signature head-bounce while saying that he has "no problem" with Sweden and Finland. But James noted how he leaned forward slightly in his chair while making this claim. His right eye also seemed to "wince in what could be suppressed anger or frustration."

Sweden and Finland have now confirmed that they will formally apply to join the western-led North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) alliance. The decision was taken despite the Kremlin saying it will be a "mistake" to do so.

Meanwhile, former British spy Christopher Steele said that sources have told him Putin is "seriously ill." Putin's illness was "an element" of what is happening in Ukraine," said Steele. He told Sky News that certainly, from what they are hearing from sources in Russia and elsewhere, is that "Putin is, in fact, quite seriously ill." He said that it's not clear exactly what this illness is, and whether it's incurable or terminal, but certainly, "I think it's part of the equation."

This comes amid reports that Putin underwent a successful surgical procedure to remove fluid from his abdomen. General SVR Telegram claimed that the procedure to remove fluid from his abdominal cavity was separate from surgery linked to cancer, reported Mirror. The surgery for cancer is reportedly yet to take place.

Ukrainian Major General Kyrylo Budanov previously said that Putin is seriously ill with cancer and that a coup to remove him is under way in Russia. Speculation around the Russian leader's health has circulated for many years, but only intensified since he ordered the invasion of Ukraine in February.

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Russia's President Vladimir Putin listens during his meeting with "Znanie" Society CEO Maxim Dreval in Moscow's Kremlin on May 5, 2022. Photo by Mikhail Klimentyev/Sputnik/AFP via Getty Images

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