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In pictures: Berlusconi and Putin

Russian President Vladimir Putin and his wife Lyudmila with pet labrador Koney at Sochi residence, 28 Aug 05

Black Sea host: Russian President Vladimir Putin and his wife Lyudmila took their pet labrador Koney to greet the Italian prime minister and his wife.

Russian President Vladimir Putin and wife Lyudmila greet Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi and wife Veronica in Sochi, 28 Aug 05

Italian PM Silvio Berlusconi and his wife Veronica had hosted the Putins at a luxury villa in Sardinia two years ago.

Russian President Vladimir Putin (right) with Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi in Sochi, 28 Aug 05

President Putin hosted Mr Berlusconi at his residence in Sochi, traditionally a popular Black Sea resort for Russian rulers.

President Putin and wife relaxing by Black Sea with PM Berlusconi and wife, 28 Aug 05

The Putin-Berlusconi friendship has developed through several informal visits. Here they enjoy a romantic view of the Black Sea.

Veronica Berlusconi (left) with Lyudmila Putin at teahouse, 29 Aug 05

Veronica Berlusconi (left) enjoyed traditional Russian fare in a teahouse at Mr Putin's residence - Bocharov Ruchey.

President Putin shows off a tiny pony, with Mr Berlusconi in background, 29 Aug 05

President Putin showed off a tiny pony called Semyon - a gift he received in Tatarstan a few days ago.




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