Keep up with the news by installing RT’s extension for . Never miss a story with this clean and simple app that delivers the latest headlines to you.

 

Oh, that awkward moment: Ukrainian PM greets Swiss president with Danish flag

Published time: April 14, 2014 16:23
Edited time: April 15, 2014 11:30
Ukraine's Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk (R) shakes hands with Swiss President and Foreign Minister Didier Burkhalter during a meeting in Kiev April 14, 2014. (Reuters / Andrew Kravchenko / Pool)

Ukraine's Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk (R) shakes hands with Swiss President and Foreign Minister Didier Burkhalter during a meeting in Kiev April 14, 2014. (Reuters / Andrew Kravchenko / Pool)

An official visit of Switzerland’s president to Ukraine has kicked off with a diplomatic blunder as the country’s coup-imposed authorities greeted him with Danish flag instead of the Swiss.

It was Swiss president, Didier Burkhalter, who pointed the mistake out to prime minister, Arseny Yatsenyuk, during their meeting on Monday.

However, Burkhalter was kind enough to treat the incident as a joke, the Swiss media reports.

The flags of Switzerland and Denmark share the same red and white colors and a cross. However, the shape of the two flags and the crosses on them are different.

According to Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, Burkhalter is visiting Kiev to “underscore the constructive role played by the OSCE in the Ukrainian crisis and the organization’s intention to step up its efforts to contribute to de-escalating the tensions in the country.”

After holding talks with Yatsenyuk and Ukraine’s foreign minister, Andrey Deshchitsa, and the Swiss president will travel to the port city of Odessa where pro-Russian moods are currently on the rise.

Swiss flag (L), (Reuters / Denis Balibouse) and Danish flag (AFP Photo / PIO / Stavros Ioannides)

Comments (102)

 

Liuba 16.04.2014 17:24

I bet someone from the Rat Sector was responsible for the decor. XD

 

Pat Richards 16.04.2014 10:52

Am I the only one who thinks that in this case looks of a rat match this guys character? How convinient. Oh the irony.

 

Jan 16.04.2014 06:13

Now, that's what I call a false flag operation

View all comments (102)
Add comment

Authorization required for adding comments

Register or

Name

Password

Show password

Register

or Register

Request a new password

Send

or Register

To complete a registration check
your Email:

OK

or Register

A password has been sent to your email address

Edit profile

X

Name

New password

Retype new password

Current password

Save

Cancel

Follow us

Follow us