There’s no doubt that relations between the United States and Russia are strained. Although the two countries collaborate quite well on space exploration, for instance, Syria and North Korea have been two huge points of contention. Just this week, Russia refuted U.S. claims that Syrian president Bashar al-Assad had used chemical weapons on his own people.
From Robert Kraft‘s perspective, he should probably have some gifter’s remorse.
Back in 2005, the Patriots owner met with Russian president Vladimir Putin in Russia as part of a meeting with several other prominent American businessmen. At the time, it was well-known that Putin ended up with Kraft’s Super Bowl ring, and Kraft himself called it a gift.
“I showed the president my most recent Super Bowl ring,” Kraft said in a statement. Putin “was clearly taken with its uniqueness. At that point, I decided to give him the ring as a symbol of the respect and admiration that I have for the Russian people and the leadership of President ...