Putin Denies Stealing Superbowl Ring

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Russian President Vladimir Putin arrives at Belfast International airport in Belfast, Northern Ireland, on June 17, 2013, to attend the G8 summit at the Lough Erne resort. US President Barack Obama was to meet Putin for potentially vexatious talks, as both leaders now offer open military backing to rival sides in Syria's civil war. AFP PHOTO/ PETER MUHLY (Photo credit should read PETER MUHLY/AFP/Getty Images)

It's a case of he said-he said. Russian President Vladimir Putin says he did not steal a Super Bowl Ring from New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft. However, Kraft maintains that during a 2005 visit to St. Petersburg he showed the ring to Putin, but never intended to give it to the Russian leader. “He put it in his pocket, and three KGB guys got around him and walked out,” Kraft said, according to the New York Post. Kraft also said the White House called him and told him it would be in the country’s best interest to say it was a gift and he was happy to play along. The 4.94-carat ring has 124 diamonds and is worth an estimated $25,000. It has been sitting in the Kremlin library, according to a spokesman.