Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky met with EU leaders in Kyiv on Thursday and became an instant meme after he appeared to look unimpressed with French president Emmanuel Macron.
The 44-year-old met with Macron as well as the Italian prime minister Mario Draghi, German chancellor Olaf Scholz and Romanian president Klaus Iohannis for lengthy talks after the trio travelled on an overnight train together.
All of them visited the Kyiv suburb of Irpin, where Russian forces were closest to the country's capital city.
At a joint news conference later on that day, Zelensky sported his classic olive green T-shirt, his European counterparts all turned up in suits as they discussed the ongoing war in Ukraine with Russia.
Altogether, the four EU nations of France, Italy, Germany and Romania backed Ukraine to be given "immediate" candidacy to join the EU after the country has previously expressed an interest in membership.
Macron slammed Russia for the "war, destruction and chaos" committed in the region and told Zelensky: "Europe is at your side and will stay there for as long as it takes," Financial Times reported.
But it was a photograph taken of Zelensky and Macron that was the talk of the internet as Macron embraced the Ukrainian leader while Zelensky looked uncomfortable and stared straight at the camera in an image that looks like a still straight from TV comedy The Office.
The moment Ukrainian President Zelensky looks straight at the camera as he is awkwardly hugged by French President Emmanuel MacronPhoto by LUDOVIC MARIN/POOL/AFP via Getty Images
The pair have previously had a difference in opinion where Macron had said it was important not to "humiliate" Moscow to which Zelensky commented in response: "We are not going to humiliate anyone, we are going to respond in kind," Reuters reported.
Whatever the reason behind the expression, the internet certainly had a field day with the photo as Zelenskyy's expression and Macron's awkward hug became an instant meme as people came up with their best captions on Twitter.
\u201cYour face when he tells you \u201cme talking to him doesn\u2019t mean anything, I\u2019ve always loved you\u201d\u201d