Obama: I'd save Putin

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Associated Press

Posted on April 25, 2014 at 9:33 AM

Updated Friday, Apr 25 at 9:34 AM

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The harsh words being exchanged between Washington and Moscow over Ukraine have brought renewed attention to the testy relationship between President Barack Obama and Russia's Vladimir Putin.

At a recent news conference, Putin was asked whether he thought Obama would save him if he were drowning. Putin said he was sure that Obama would.

Obama was asked today at a news conference in Seoul to confirm that. He joked that as a strong swimmer who grew up in Hawaii, he'd like to think he'd save anybody.

He said, "I absolutely would save Mr. Putin if he were drowning."

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APPHOTO KORK153: U.S. President Barack Obama pauses during a joint news conference with South Korean President Park Geun-hye at the Blue House, Friday, April 25, 2014, in Seoul, South Korea. The U.S. and Europe are laying the groundwork to sanction broad sections of Russia's economy if Moscow invades eastern Ukraine, Obama said Friday, even as he acknowledged those sanctions may fail to deter Vladimir Putin. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) (25 Apr 2014)

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