Putin, dressed in black, wearing sunglasses and gloves, arrived at the head of a column of riders and was received with applause by hundreds of participants at the festival, according to Itar-Tass.
His motorcycle, a Harley Davidson, was decorated with Russian and Ukrainian flags. Thousands gather every year at Sevastopol for a two-day festival of motorcyclists. This year’s edition, the 14th, celebrates 65 years since the victory over Nazi Germany and presents motorcycles during the Second World War. Last year’s edition was attended by 5,000 motorcyclists.
On Saturday Putin met with the Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych, whom he thanked for the positive atmosphere of Russian-Ukrainian relations, and congratulated the crew before Navy’s Day, which will be celebrated on Sunday.
“Tomorrow, Russian and Ukrainian sailors will be together, as were our nations for many centuries,” said the Russian Prime Minister.
“Many thanks for this to Ukrainian leaders, primarily to President Viktor Yanukovych – for the decision on Russian Black Sea Fleet and the atmosphere that creates between our sister countries relations,” Putin added.
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