Vladimir Putin receives puppy from Turkmenistan

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  • Pictures show Russian President Vladimir Putin nuzzling a young shepherd dog
  • Puppy was handed to him at the Bocharov Ruchei state residence in city of Sochi
  • Animal was a gift from Turkmenistan's President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov

By Julian Robinson for MailOnline

Published: 07:34 EDT, 11 October 2017 | Updated: 07:44 EDT, 11 October 2017

This is the moment Kremlin strongman Vladimir Putin kissed and cuddled a puppy after it was given to him as a gift from a visiting leader.

The Russian president cradled the young dog in his arms after the animal was handed to him at the Bocharov Ruchei state residence in the Black Sea city of Sochi.

Turkmenistan's President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov could be seen picking up the Turkmen shepherd dog, known locally as Alabai, by the scruff of its neck.

The 60-year-old then passed it over to a surprised-looking Putin who welcomed the animal with open arms. 

Vladimir Putin (right) watches on as he is presented with a Turkmen shepherd dog during a meeting with Turkmenistan's President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov (left)
Vladimir Putin (right) watches on as he is presented with a Turkmen shepherd dog during a meeting with Turkmenistan's President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov (left)

Vladimir Putin (right) watches on as he is presented with a Turkmen shepherd dog during a meeting with Turkmenistan's President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov (left)

Turkmenistan's President could be seen picking up the Turkmen shepherd dog, known locally as Alabai, by the scruff of its neck and handing it to a surprised-looking Putin
Turkmenistan's President could be seen picking up the Turkmen shepherd dog, known locally as Alabai, by the scruff of its neck and handing it to a surprised-looking Putin

Turkmenistan's President could be seen picking up the Turkmen shepherd dog, known locally as Alabai, by the scruff of its neck and handing it to a surprised-looking Putin

The Kremlin strongman welcomed the fluffy young animal with open arms before leaning in for a kiss and cuddle
The Kremlin strongman welcomed the fluffy young animal with open arms before leaning in for a kiss and cuddle

The Kremlin strongman welcomed the fluffy young animal with open arms before leaning in for a kiss and cuddle

Putin looked delighted with the gift and instantly gave the young animal a cuddle when it was handed to him
Putin looked delighted with the gift and instantly gave the young animal a cuddle when it was handed to him

Putin looked delighted with the gift and instantly gave the young animal a cuddle when it was handed to him

Turkmenistan's President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov has been holding talks with Putin in Sochi today
Turkmenistan's President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov has been holding talks with Putin in Sochi today

Turkmenistan's President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov has been holding talks with Putin in Sochi today

The animal was unveiled by Turkmenistan's leader before being held aloft and then gifted to Putin
The animal was unveiled by Turkmenistan's leader before being held aloft and then gifted to Putin

The animal was unveiled by Turkmenistan's leader before being held aloft and then gifted to Putin

The Turkmen shepherd dog, locally known as Alabai, is handed to Russian President Vladimir Putin during a meeting in Sochi
The Turkmen shepherd dog, locally known as Alabai, is handed to Russian President Vladimir Putin during a meeting in Sochi

The Turkmen shepherd dog, locally known as Alabai, is handed to Russian President Vladimir Putin during a meeting in Sochi

Larry White
By Larry White 11/10/2017 07:44:00