A group of warplanes accompanied the Russian President's plane along the "international flight." The Russian Ministry of Defense explained that each fighter is equipped with four air-to-air missiles on an external mount.
The Russian Ministry of Defense published a video clip showing four Sukhoi Su-35 warplanes accompanying President Vladimir Putin's plane throughout his trip to the Emirates.
Putin's rare visit to the Middle East comes with the aim of discussing the Palestinian-Israeli conflict and oil, and at a time when Moscow is seeking to restore its position as a superpower on the international scene.
According to a statement published by the Ministry, and attached to the video clips, a group of warplanes accompanied the Russian President’s plane along the “international flight,” and the Ministry explained that each Russian fighter is equipped with four “air-to-air” missiles on an external carrier.
The Kremlin's Telegram channel reported hours ago that the Russian President "arrived on a working visit to the Emirates," and published pictures showing Putin on the runway, and being received by Emirati Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan.
The Kremlin reported that the president would discuss in his visit the "Israeli-Palestinian conflict", as well as reducing oil production within the framework of the OPEC+ alliance, to which Russia belongs, and which includes 13 members of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and ten other countries.
Putin arrives in Saudi Arabia
After the UAE, Putin arrived in Saudi Arabia to meet with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. They are scheduled to discuss together issues related to investments, as well as their “cooperation in the energy sector,” which would ensure a “stable and predictable situation” in the international market, according to the Kremlin.
Putin, whom the West has sought to isolate since his attack in Ukraine, has for some time reduced his travel abroad, but he has begun to return to the international arena.
After being targeted by an arrest warrant on charges of deporting Ukrainian children to Russia issued by the International Criminal Court, he used to devote his trips to visiting his closest allies.
For example, Putin missed the recent G20 summits in India and the BRICS summit in South Africa in September and August, respectively.