In a recent meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and President Recep Erdogan of Turkey, Putin spokesman Dmitry Peskov was caught on camera dozing off peacefully.
The honourable presidents of the two countries had met in the north-western Turkish city of Istanbul to discuss about further cooperation between Russia and Turkey. Seemingly, the 48-year-old Russian press spokesperson found the subject too interesting to be able to resist a quick nap.
The video of a peacefully sleeping Dmitry Peskov was taken during a joint press conference between Putin, 64 and Erdogan, 62, sitting to discuss about agreements that has recently been signed between the two nations, reported UK Mirror.
Relations between Moscow and Ankara had soured a bit of late since a Turkish fighter jet shot down a Russian bomber over the Turkish-Syrian border last November. In an effort to improve the ties between the two nations, President Erdogan in June sent a letter to President Putin expressing his “regret” over the incident.
The two countries signed an agreement on Monday for the construction of a major undersea gas pipeline and vowed to seek common ground on the war in Syria, as reported by the Express. Energy deal, trade and tourism ties, and the Syrian civil war were some of the other topics of interest of the presidential meeting.
Addressing the press conference, the Turkish President said, “Today has been a full day with President Putin of discussing Russia-Turkish relations. I have full confidence that the normalisation of Turkish-Russian ties will continue at a fast pace.”
President Putin added his views as well, “We have a common position that everything must be done to deliver humanitarian aid to Aleppo. The only issue is… ensuring the safety of aid delivery.”
Apparently, the 48-year-old dozed off as President Erdogan began his lengthy (and humdrum) peace talks. The Russian Minister of the Interior, Sergey Lavrov, noticed his colleague fall asleep but seemingly chose not to wake him up.
The incident has become a front-page news after being reported by Ukranian and Belarusian journalists who had noticed the Russian spokesperson in his slumber and caught the moment on camera.
Spokesperson Dmitry Peskov is yet to comment on the matter.