[VIDEO] Poroshenko knocking on table can’t keep Erdoğan awake at press briefing

President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan (L) and President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko (R) hold a joint press conference at the Presidency Office in Kiev, Ukraine on October 09, 2017. Mehmet Ali Ozcan / Anadolu Agency

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Monday dozed off many times during a press conference with his Ukrainian counterpart, Petro Poroshenko, in Kiev.

A video shared on social media shows Erdoğan falling asleep about seven times while the Ukrainian leader was making a statement. Poroshenko is seen knocking on the table to wake Erdoğan up but was unable to prevent the Turkish leader from dozing off again.

Erdoğan’s visit to Ukraine takes place amid a visa crisis with US and a Turkish military operation in Syria.

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  1. All that Presidential hotel suits, presidential aircraft to fly, good food and same time zone travel, but it is true, he is really sleeping while Poroshenko knocking on table to wake him up. He is nodding and also yawning. This is embarrassing for all Turks.