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Both have egos: Putin-Trump kiss shared around the world

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Russian President Vladimir Putin and U.S. presidential hopeful Donald Trump are kissing on the side of a barbecue restaurant in Vilnius, Lithuania.

The mural, painted by local artist Mindaugas Bonanu, was unveiled by the co-owner of the Keule Ruke, Dominykas Ceckauskas, on Thursday. It has swiftly gained attention in both Lithuanian and international media.

The image is a riff on the famous 1979 photograph that showed Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev and East German President Erich Honecker locked in an embrace.

That image showed the two men kissing on the lips, once a form of fraternal greeting between socialist leaders.

Speaking to the the Baltic News Service, Ceckauskas suggested the new painting was inspired by the Soviet-era image. “We saw similarities between the two heroes (Trump and Putin). . . . They both have an ego that is too big, and it is funny that they get along well,” Ceckauskas said. “We are in a sort of a Cold War again, and America may get a president who will want to be friends with Russia.”

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