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Putin offers ring to make peace with Patriots football owner

Russian president Vladimir Putin delivers a speech during the opening ceremony for the 14th IAAF World Championships in Moscow, Russia on Aug. 10.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin is calling a truce in the “War of the Ring.”

Accused of pocketing a diamond-encrusted Super Bowl ring that New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft showed him back in 2005, Putin came up with a peace offering, albeit barbed.

“You know, I remember neither Mr Kraft nor a ring,” Putin said when asked about the incident during an economic forum in St Petersburg — the city where the ring saga started.

“I remember some souvenirs were handed out. But if it is so precious to Kraft and the team, I have a proposal,” Putin said, adding that he would ask a Russian jeweler to make “something really good, noticeable — so that it is clear that it is an expensive thing, with good metal and a stone.”

The Russian ring could “be handed down from generation to generation of the team that Mr Kraft represents,” he said, and would be “the smartest, most partner-like solution to this difficult international issue.”









1. make peace with idiom

和好 (he2 hao3)

例: The runaway girl knew she had to go back home and make her peace with her parents.


2. call a truce idiom

停戰 (ting2 zhan4)

例: Let’s call a truce. I’m sick of fighting.


3. hand down v. phr.

傳給下一代 (chuan2 gei3 xia4 yi2 dai4)

例: My grandfather handed his precious watch down to my father.


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