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‘The ball’s in your court’: Putin hands over official FIFA 2018 ball to Trump

Jul 17, 2018 12:12 IST
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Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday insisted that his country had no compromising material on US President Donald Trump. He also presented the president with a World Cup football, joking the “ball is in your court” over Syria. After a journalist asked a question at their joint press conference Monday in Helsinki using soccer metaphors, Putin pulled out a red-and-white ball and tossed it at Trump, at the neighboring podium.Trump said he’d give it to his 12-year-old son Barron, a soccer fan. Then the U.S. president tossed the ball to his wife Melania, sitting in the front row. Russia’s organization of the monthlong World Cup, which ended Sunday, won wide praise. The US will be co-hosting the 2026 World Cup with Mexico and Canada.