Russia: Putin receives painting from Syrian counterpart Assad Russian President Vladimir Putin was presented a painting from his Syrian counterpart President Bashar al-Assad, in Sochi on Monday. The presentation of the gift comes after Putin hosted Assad in Sochi on Monday evening. During the four-hour talks, the two leaders discussed the political process to peace in Syria. Tomorrow, Sochi... Еще will also host a meeting between Russian, Iranian and Turkish presidents on the Syrian crisis settlement. The eighth round of the UN-supported intra-Syrian talks will be held in Geneva on November 28th.