Putin receives Assad in Sochi.
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Syrian President Bashar Assad flew to Russian leader Vladimir Putin's summer residence on the Black Sea for talks Thursday on the Syrian conflict, the Kremlin said, a visit that underlined Russia's status as Assad's key backer.Since fighting broke out in his country in 2011, Assad has travelled only rarely, but has made three publicly acknowledged visits to Russia, each time for meetings with Putin.At the meeting, in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, Assad congratulated Putin on his new term as president, after he was re-elected in March, and thanked the Russian military for its support in Syria.Assad was making his second visit to see Putin in Sochi.
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