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Putin Gives Birthday Gift to George H.W. Bush

Thu, 12 Jun 2014 22:34:49 +0000

Sergei Grits/AFP/Getty Images(MOSCOW) -- Former President George H.W. Bush received a special gift from Russian President Vladimir Putin for his 90th birthday Thursday.

The Russian leader gifted him with a portrait along with a personal phone call, Bush's spokesman Jim McGrath confirmed.

The elder Bush received a portrait of himself as a young Navy ensign, though it is unclear whether it was a painting or photograph.

During their conversation, Putin wished Bush "health and prosperity," according to a statement released by the Kremlin. He also noted the former president's contribution to Russian-American relations.

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