Putin’s got new wheels, but what did previous leaders drive? — RT World News
Putin showed this car to his US counterpart, George W. Bush, when the POTUS arrived in St. Petersburg for the G8 summit in Mr. Bush. During a tour of the Pediatric HIV/AIDS Clinic Center of Russia, Mrs. W. Bush and Russian President Vladimir Putin look over the first car. So Bush's trip to Russia was widely seen as being fraught with (Here's an Associated Press photo of Putin showing Bush how the car works.).
But he added that it was in America's interests to remain engaged with Russia.
Putin’s got new wheels, but what did previous leaders drive?
Behind the scenes, officials pressed on with marathon talks aimed at reaching agreement on Russia's attempt to join the World Trade Organisation. Officials said talks were bogged down on opening the Russian market to US farm produce, but the two leaders are due to hold a working meeting this morning where they could sign a bilateral deal.
Russia is the biggest economy outside the nation trade club and a bilateral accord with the US would clear one of the last major obstacles to its year attempt to join the WTO. The stage for two strained friends to attempt to paper over the cracks in their relationship was the Konstantinovsky Palace, which has hosted its share of strained state occasions in the years since Peter the Great founded it as his "Russian Versailles".
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The one upbeat moment came when the two leaders surveyed Mr Putin's first car, a Zaporozhets bought in and shared a joke over its Soviet-era simplicity. Mr Bush revealed that his first vehicle was a Triumph. As he faced questions on his way in, the American president told journalists to "find some Russian vodka and and relax". The dinner was as forced as it was frosty, in contrast towhen the two first met and Mr Bush famously endorsed the former KGB agent.
I was able to get a sense of his soul," he said. But as he looked into Mr Putin's eyes last night across the dinner table it is a reasonable bet that he realised he had been wrong. Since the meeting US-Russian relations have plunged to their most acrimonious since the end of the Cold War.
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It may also have a variety of James Bond-esque self-defense systems, reportedly capable of releasing oil slicks and tear gas, akin to the specialized trucks the U. Unfortunately, all of these features and an amazingly high degree of ballistic protection make the American vehicle exceptionally heavy and often difficult to maneuver on city streets.
It is possible that the Russians might have opted for a less complex and more manageable vehicle, with other separate security procedures to offset any low level of proection.
Not seen, but almost certainly nearby, would have been other FSO members, including sedans to try and intercept any hostile vehicles and mounted rapid-reaction elements in vans and SUVs.
All of these feature additional armor and other modifications.
As with their American counterpartsthey could also carry additional communications systems, electronic warfare systems to disrupt enemy transmissions or prevent terrorists from setting off roadside bombs, teams to dispose of explosives and other specialized tasks, and more robust medical capabilities. With a less ambitious design, the Project Cortege limo itself could also be cheaper to procure and operate, as well.
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In addition, Russia hopes that Project Cortege will serve as a springboard for the country to re-enter the global luxury vehicle market. Government budget cuts and a flagging economy may force NAMI and Sollers to scale back those plans, though. Back inNAMI claimed that it would have produced 5, examples of the various Aurus vehicles in total by the end of If this occurs, it will represent an impressive ability to expand production capacity on Sollers JSC's part, which only plans to build approximately vehicles in He has notably served as pitchman for Russian carmaker Lada on a number of occasions, but those publicity stunts have not always worked out as intended.
InPutin heavily promoted the Lada Kalina compact car, driving it around the country to show off its supposedly good reliability and performance. As the trip went on, though, locals spotted a large convoy trailing the then-prime minister in his yellow Kalina, with an apparent, visually identical spare following behind, as well as a tow truck pulling a third that had already broken down.