New Delhi: In a big embarrassment to the country, Prime Minister Narendra Modi walked even as the national anthem was being played in Russia.
While the Russian soldiers giving the guard of honour remained in attentive position, PM Modi walked away. Somebody realised the mistake and ran to stop PM Modi who was already walking away.
After being approached, PM Modi came back and stood in attention position for the rest of the duration of the National Anthem.
This was the second time a national symbol was insulted in presence of PM Modi. An inverted national flag was hoisted in ASEAN summit by the organisers.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi had a meeting scheduled with Japanese PM Shinzo Abe. As per tradition, flags of both the nations were hoisted.
Japanese PM had reached before PM Modi. As soon as he saw the flag, he noticed something amiss. For many minutes, he tried to find out what was wrong in the flag.
However, when PM Modi reached the venue, he failed to notice the inverted flag as he went ahead and shook hands with the Japanese PM. Later on, officials noticed the blooper and notified the organisers.