NewsPutin steps in as tech guru: Aids Chad leader with translation earpiece snafu during crucial talk

Putin steps in as tech guru: Aids Chad leader with translation earpiece snafu during crucial talk

Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a meeting on social and economic development of St. Petersburg urban agglomeration, in St. Petersburg, Russia, 26 January 2024. EPA/VYACHESLAV PROKOFYEV/SPUTNIK/KREMLIN / POOL MANDATORY CREDIT Dostawca: PAP/EPA.
Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a meeting on social and economic development of St. Petersburg urban agglomeration, in St. Petersburg, Russia, 26 January 2024. EPA/VYACHESLAV PROKOFYEV/SPUTNIK/KREMLIN / POOL MANDATORY CREDIT Dostawca: PAP/EPA.
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3:16 PM EST, January 26, 2024

On Wednesday, the Russian leader hosted Mahamat Déby Itno, the interim president of Chad. The meeting began with a minor issue. The 40-year-old African politician, garbed in traditional attire, had problems handling the simple device. He was unsure of how to wear the simultaneous translation earpiece correctly.

Putin offered help from his side, using hand signals to guide the interim president in securing the earpiece. A few seconds were all it took for the flustered African leader to overcome the issue and firmly affix the device to his ear. Putin, observing him closely, expressed his relief when the task was accomplished. Following this, they proceeded with their discussion.

Who is Mahamat Déby Itno?

Mahamat Déby Itno currently serves as the interim president of Chad. He is the son of the country's late president, Idriss Déby, who died in combat against rebels in 2021. After his death, the Transitional Military Council, headed by Mahamat Déby Itno, took control. As a result, the constitution was suspended, and the parliament was dissolved.

The meeting with Putin indicates Russia's intent to spread its influence to another African nation.

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