Russian President Vladimir Putin gets a grand welcome in the UAE with a 21-gun salute and a stunning flypast by Al Fursan, the UAE Air Force aerobatics team, showcasing Russian flag colors in smoke
Upon the arrival of Putin’s convoy at Qasr Al Watan in Abu Dhabi, official reception ceremonies were held. Accompanying his convoy was a procession of riders on Arabian horses.
Sheikh Mohamed accompanied Vladimir Putin to inspect the guard of honour and witness performances of the Russian Federation and UAE national anthems.
The official reception ceremony also included a 21-gun artillery salute in honour of the visit and a flypast by the UAE Air Force aerobatics team Al Fursan, trailing smoke in the colours of the Russian flag.
UAE Air Force planes escorted the plane carrying the Russian President as he entered UAE airspace.
As the world grapples with global challenges, such as conflicts, Putin’s visit to the UAE and Saudi Arabia stands as a strategic move. Both countries have remained neutral in the Ukraine conflict, refusing to adopt Western-led sanctions against Russia. This neutrality could potentially widen the gap between the U.S. and these key power brokers in the strategic region, paving the way for strengthened relations and potentially boosting Russia’s standing amidst global pressures.