Many of the CIS leaders who arrived for the informal summit in St. Petersburg today chose Russian Aurus executive cars to drive around the city and its environs, RIA Novosti reported.
The Konstantinovsky Palace was chosen as the meeting place. President of Kazakhstan Kassym-Jomart Tokayev was the first to arrive and he gave preference to the Mercedes car. Following him came Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan, Turkmen leader Serdar Berdimuhamedow and Uzbek leader Shavkat Mirziyoyev - all driving an Aurus. Their example was followed by the leaders of Tajikistan Emomali Rahmon and Belarus Alexander Lukashenko. Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev chose the Maybach.
Putin himself has been using an Aurus limousine for several years. The same car is used by members of the Cabinet of Ministers.