VLADIMIR Putin was caught looking bored when a camera failure hit him as Emmanuel Macron was speaking at a climate change conference.
Red-faced officials rushed to fix the camera when they realized the Russian president didn’t know it was his turn to speak.
The footage begins with Macron speaking, but is then interrupted by the moderator who passes the floor to Putin, but the French president continues to take.
The Kremlin strongman then looks bored as he stares into space, during the event hosted by the White House.
Putin looks baffled when the feed starts to go haywire and asks an off-screen assistant what’s going on.
In the end, the moderator says “the floor is to the President of the Russian Federation, Vladimir Putin”.
When he spoke, he told the meeting: “It is no secret that the conditions that facilitated global warming go back a long time. But what kind of complete solutions can we see today? ‘
“It is not enough to tackle the issue of new emissions, it is also important to take on the task of absorbing the CO2 that is already in the atmosphere”.
Putin was hit by a glitch in January when he was “beheaded” on screen while making his New Year’s TV message.
A canal in Kaliningrad – the westernmost region of the country – accused a “technical problem” rather than a political protest over the embarrassing mistake.
The horrified editors soon realized the mistake and stopped broadcasting both on television and on the Internet, replacing it with music.
Those responsible would be “punished” after the embarrassing mistake, station chiefs said.
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Only the lower half of the Russian strongman’s head was visible to viewers as he addressed the nation against the backdrop of the Kremlin.
The president’s annual speech is traditionally broadcast a few minutes before midnight in each of Russia’s 11 time zones.
It has similar status to the Queen’s Christmas Day message in Great Britain and the Commonwealth.