April 25, 2014 10:28 AM EDT

It’s not exactly an olive branch, but it’s something: President Barack Obama said Friday he’d save Russian President Vladimir Putin if he were drowning.

“I’d like to think if anyone were out there drowning, I’d save them,” Obama said in a news conference in South Korea. “I used to be a pretty good swimmer, I grew up in Hawaii.”

Putin said near the end of his annual public question session last week that he thought Obama would save him if he was drowning. Despite their differences on matters of geopolitics, Putin called the American president “a decent and quite courageous person.”

[The Hill]






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