SOCHI (Reuters) – Russian President Vladimir Putin, a dog lover, received a top breed puppy as a belated birthday gift yesterday from Turkmenistan’s president who is keen to recover lost Russian markets for Turkmen gas. “We have a common friend – this is the world’s unique alabai dog. And today I brought this little alabai with me,” President Kurbanguly Berdymukhamedov said before talks with Mr Putin, pulling the pup out from a cage and holding it by the scruff of its neck. Mr Putin, who marked his 65th birthday on October 7, took the puppy, called Verny which means “faithful” in Russian, and kissed it in its forehead.
Putin kisses new birthday pup
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