Putin roars into biker convention

Russia's Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has urged bikers to unite in promoting safe driving.

Speaking at an international biker convention in Sevastopol in Ukraine, Mr Putin, who rode in on a Harley Davidson, praised the bikers' free spirit and called the motorbike "the most democratic form of transport".

The Prime Minister was in Ukraine for talks with the country's new Russia-friendly leadership.

At the convention, Mr Putin sported sunglasses, black jeans and black fingerless gloves. He had his black shirt sleeves rolled up as he revved the engine of his three-wheeled bike while motoring toward a stage along a dusty road.

Around 5,000 bikers from Europe and beyond had gathered for the annual festival on Ukraine's Crimea peninsula.

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