The Russian President's convoy in the UAE escorted by Emirati cars stylised as Russian traffic patrol vehicles was not a typical situation, the Russian Embassy in Abu-Dhabi revealed.
"It seems that this was an additional token of appreciation by the UAE side as part of their warm welcome to the Russian president", the embassy representative stated.
The diplomat noted that the Emirati side had not consulted the embassy about the style of the cars. He added that Russian delegations of lower rank are usually escorted by regular cars.
On Tuesday, Putin arrived for an official visit with Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan in his Aurus car escorted by UAE cars that were refitted to look like Russian patrol cars.
The vehicles had the letters DPS written on them, which is the Russian abbreviation for traffic police patrol. They were also decorated with other Russian insignia such as the Russian flag and emblem.