Russian President Vladimir Putin surprised Japanese journalists by arriving for an interview with one of his dogs

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Russian President Vladimir Putin pays an official visit to Japan on Thursday, but before leaving the country, he gave an interview to Japanese journalists in Moscow. For the surprise of the journalists, Putin has arrived for the interview with his dog "Jume".

The dog was given to Putin by Japan's Akita Prefecture in 2012 as a gift. Japan's Nippon Television crew members and Jomiuri Simbun newspaper staff were stunned to see the dog coming alone with the president.

The journalists thanked Putin for letting to see the dog that was in very good shape indeed.

The Russian president said "Jume" was always ready to defend him.

The Russian head of state, who is well known for his love of animals has another dog, a karakachan breed, called "Buffi" that was given to him by the Bulgarian prime minister in 2010.

Putin's another dog, a Labrador breed named "Konni" that was given to him by Defense Minister Sergei Sojgu, died in 2014.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzō Abe and Vladimir Putin will meet in Japan on 15-16 December.

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