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Putin says he could give NFL team owner a gift to compensate for Super Bowl ring

06/21/2013 10:53 EDT | Updated 08/21/2013 05:12 EDT
MOSCOW - Facing what he drolly called a "complicated international problem," Vladimir Putin says he's ready to give the New England Patriots' owner custom jewelry to compensate for the Super Bowl ring that some imply the Russian president pocketed.

The Super Bowl ring changed hands in 2005 when Robert Kraft was visiting Putin with a business delegation. At the time, he said he gave it as a gift, but last week he was quoted by the New York Post as saying Putin just took it.

Putin said at an economic forum on Friday that he didn't remember Kraft or the ring, but that "if it is so valuable to him," Putin would order a piece of jewelry of precious metal and stones be made for Kraft.

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