Updated at 3:09 p.m. ET
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.
"I took out the ring and showed it to (Putin). And he put it on and he goes, 'I can kill someone with this ring,'" Kraft said, as quoted by the Post, at an awards gala at the Waldorf-Astoria hotel June 13. "I put my hand out and he put it in his pocket, and three KGB guys got around him and walked out."
On Friday, Putin said at an economic forum he didn't remember Kraft or the ring. But "if it is so valuable to him," Putin would order a piece of jewelry of precious metal and stones be made for Kraft.
The diamond-encrusted Super Bowl ring worth about $25,000 changed hands while Kraft was visiting
St. Petersburg, Russia.
The Post story quoted Kraft as saying at Carnegie Hall's
Medal of Excellence gala that he had an "emotional tie to the ring" and 정읍출장마사지
wanted it back but the White House intervened and said it would be in the interest of U.S.-Russian relations to claim it was a gift.