GLENEAGLES (Scotland), July 6 (RIA Novosti) - President Vladimir Putin has arrived at the Gleneagles Hotel, where the G8 summit is due to start tonight. After a helicopter carrying the Russian president landed near to the building, Putin was driven to the hotel where he was met by staff dressed in kilts. Putin arrived in Gleneagles straight from Kazakhstan after a summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization. His wife, Lyudmila, is arriving in Scotland on a separate flight from Moscow.
Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin, Japanese Premier Junichiro Koizumi, German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder, U.S. President George Bush, Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, and the host of the summit - British Prime Minister Tony Blair arrived in Gleneagles earlier.
French President Jacques Chirac will fly in from Singapore, where he participated in a session of the International Olympic Committee, which awarded the 2012 Olympics to London.