Russian President Vladimir Putin arrives in Baku (PHOTO)
Baku, Azerbaijan, June 12
President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin has arrived in Baku where he will attend the Opening Ceremony of the inaugural European Games.
Putin was welcomed by Azerbaijani Deputy Foreign Minister Khalaf Khalafov and representatives of Baku 2015 European Games Operation Committee as he landed at the Heydar Aliyev International Airport.
Baku 2015 is the first ever European Games, an exciting and innovative multi-sport event for the continent which will take place on June 12-28, 2015.
There will be a total of 20 sports at Baku 2015: 16 Olympic sports and four non-Olympic sports. More than 6,000 athletes from across Europe will be representing their nations over 17 days of competition.
Baku was awarded the games by the European Olympic Committees (EOC) in December 2012.