Belarus state media publish photo of Lukashenko following health speculation

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FILE PHOTO: A meeting of the Supreme State Council of the Union State of Russia and Belarus, in Moscow

(Reuters) - A Belarusian state news channel on Monday published a photo of President Alexander Lukashenko at what it said was a military command centre in what would be his first public appearance in almost a week, following speculation over the health of the 68-year-old leader.

The Pul Pervovo Telegram channel, a state outlet that reports on Lukashenko's activities, said the president was working at a central air force command base. He appeared to have a bandage on his left hand in the photo.

Lukashenko was last seen in public on May 9 at Victory Day events in both Moscow and the Belarusian capital Minsk. His failure to appear in public since then had prompted reports, not confirmed officially, that he had been taken to a medical facility.

(Reporting by Reuters; Editing by Kevin Liffey)