The video of the gesture shows the Russian commander-in-chief passing by in front of a line of elite troops before noticing the headgear on the floor.
Putin, who used to be an intelligence officer himself, stopped, picked up the cap, and placed it back on the soldier’s head.
Before leaving, the Russian president gave the unfortunate guard a thumbs-up.
Vladimir Putin arrived in the city of Bethlehem in the West Bank after taking part in the World Holocaust Forum in Jerusalem, where he delivered a speech.
He and President of the Palestinian Authority Mahmoud Abbas had a meeting to discuss the latest developments in the Middle East, as well as economic and political cooperation.