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The US President Donald Trump waves from the backseat of the “Beast” while traveling with his spouse, Melania, in the presidential motorcade along Mannerheimintie in Helsinki on July 16, 2018. Picture: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today

When the Russian President Vladimir Putin arrived at the Helsinki Airport on Monday afternoon at 13:08, he was about 40 minutes late from the scheduled summit with his US counterpart, Donald Trump. The meeting was scheduled to begin at 13:00 but Finland Today caught the presidential Aurus Senat limousine and his presidential motocade in pictures at Mannerheimintie at 13:38.

The Russian President Vladimir Putin speeds along Mannerheimintie in the Aurus Senat limousine. Picture: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today

The windows were so dark in the back of the car that there was no sign of President Putin, but he reportedly stepped out at the Presidential Palace, about 2,5 kilometers away, around 13:40.

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About 15 minutes later, President Trump arrived with his gigantic motorcade of black cars. Trump and his spouse, Melania, waved from the backseat of the “Beast” to the public that was scattered along the road.

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Too close to the road. The public is pushed back. Picture: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today

Helicopters were thundering above before and during the motorcades. The road was emptied, and the public was constantly pushed back by the police in black overalls and wearing sunglasses.

A pizza delivery car was caught trying to drive at Mannerheimintie but the motorcycle police stopped it in an instant and removed it from the road.

The public is waiting for the presidents. Picture: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today

A car tried to pass through Mannerheimintie but was quickly stopped. Picture: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today