Russian President Vladimir Putin has reacted to an apparent simultaneous interpretation failure during a meeting with German businesses in Sochi, Russia by using his foreign language skills. Following a seeming gaffe in the translation, the Russian head of state interrupted his speech to check the equipment, wondering in German: “Was ist los?” which can be translated as “What is wrong?”
The situation was soon cleared up and prompted Putin and other participants to giggle. The Russian president also joked in German that he would tell them everything later and that it was not all that interesting anyway. He soon resumed his address in Russian.
The video, shared by journalists from the presidential pool, has gone viral.
СОЛОВЬЕВ, [6 дек. 2019 в 19:34]— Татьяна (@malta2803) 6 декабря 2019 г.
«Was ist los?»: На встрече с немецким бизнесом не заработал перевод, и Путин перешел на немецкий сам pic.twitter.com/KZkQh4w7YO