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Robert Kraft intends to regain the ring of American champions, presented to them by Vladimir Putin eight years ago


On June 16, all Russian and American mass media again turned to the history of eight years ago. Then, in 2005, during a press conference in the Konstantinovsky Palace near St. Petersburg, after Vladimir Putin met with American businessmen, billionaire Robert Kraft handed out a ring encrusted with 124 diamonds to the Russian president.

Robert Kraft intends to regain the ring of American champions, presented to them by Vladimir Putin eight years agoIt was an award received by the football team "New England Patriots", which was owned by Kraft, for winning the Super Bowl - the ring of American champions.

Putin admired the ring, tried it on and put it in his pocket. At this meeting ended.

On the same day, the Russian and US press began a heated discussion: was the gesture of the American businessman a very generous gift, or did Vladimir Putin take it as a gift that was not in reality, and Robert Kraft simply showed the ring.

A small international scandal was brewing. The gifts to the presidents are not unusual, but this gift is extraordinary, firstly because of its cost (more than $ 25,000), and secondly because of the importance for the United States of the American Football Supercup.

Officials of both countries did not comment on the mysterious incident, but after some time, Kraft himself explained that he presented a ring “as a sign of respect and admiration”.

Robert Kraft intends to regain the ring of American champions, presented to them by Vladimir Putin eight years agoAnd now, eight years after what happened, the billionaire admitted that the administration of the US president, who was then George W. Bush, forced him to "hush up" the story with the ring of champions for the sake of "American-Russian friendship". The businessman wants to regain the ring to which he is "emotionally attached."

In turn, Dmitry Peskov, who was present in 2005 at a meeting in the Konstantinovsky Palace, told the Dozhd TV channel that he personally witnessed how Kraft "presented this ring to the president".

The presidential press secretary also said that he is ready to send another ring to Robert Kraft, “which he can buy for his money,” ITAR-TASS reports.

The ring of champions, as well as all the gifts officially presented to the head of state, is currently kept in the Kremlin library.

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