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A fan of aviator sunglasses, Joe Biden gifts Vladimir Putin a pair of his own

USA TODAY logo USA TODAY 6/16/2021 Mabinty Quarshie, USA TODAY
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WASHINGTON - President Joe Biden's longtime affection for gold-rimmed aviator Ray-Bans was on display this week when he gave Russian President Vladimir Putin a custom pair of aviators, according to a White House official.

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That's not the only gift Biden offered his Russian counterpart. Putin also received a crystal sculpture of an American bison.

The sculpture was made by Steuben Glass of New York, and Randolph USA made the aviators. 

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The bison is the national mammal of the U.S. 

"In Russia, over the past 20 years, European bison were reintroduced by rewilding numerous sites after their extinction in 1927," according to the official.

Biden has been a frequent fan of aviators, often spotted wearing Ray-Bans at White House functions.

a couple of people that are talking to each other: Britain's Queen Elizabeth II stands with US President Joe Biden as they listen to the US national anthem at Windsor Castle near London, Sunday, June 13, 2021. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali) ORG XMIT: TH130 © Alberto Pezzali, AP Britain's Queen Elizabeth II stands with US President Joe Biden as they listen to the US national anthem at Windsor Castle near London, Sunday, June 13, 2021. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali) ORG XMIT: TH130

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Gifts are a longtime tradition

Gift-giving between heads of state is a centuries-old tradition, according to the National Archives. The gifts are seen as a gesture of friendship, cooperation and diplomacy. 

During the G-7 summit Biden gifted British Prime Minister Boris Johnson with a custom-made bicycle. Bilenky Cycle Works told the Washington Post that the State Department paid $1,800 for the bicycle, which normally costs $6,000. Johnson gifted Biden with a photograph of a mural of Fredrick Douglass. The photo was taken by Melissa Highton. 

Biden met with Putin at a one-day summit in Geneva Wednesday. Biden described the talk as "good, positive" as he looked ease tensions between Moscow and Washington. The two leaders talked for more than three hours on a range of issues from cybersecurity to Russian aggression in Ukraine. 

a man wearing sunglasses and a suit and tie: Biden takes off his sunglasses as he delivers the annual Harvard College Class Day address on May 24, 2017, in Cambridge, Mass. © Steven Senne, AP Biden takes off his sunglasses as he delivers the annual Harvard College Class Day address on May 24, 2017, in Cambridge, Mass.

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