Putin arrives in UK

Vladimir Putin has arrived in Britain for the first state visit by a Russian leader since the days of the Tsars.

The former KGB secret service officer stepped off his Russian-built Ilyushun aircraft and on to a red carpet at Heathrow airport where he was met by the Prince of Wales.

After being introduced to various dignitaries, the Russian president was led by the Prince into Heathrow's royal suite before his departure for Buckingham Palace.

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