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Putin's Bush Birthday Gift: A Portrait of Young H.W. and a Phone Call

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In this 2012 file photos, President George H.W. Bush and Russia's President Vladimir Putin.

By    |   Friday, 13 Jun 2014 01:44 PM

Former President George H.W. Bush turned 90 Thursday and received a personal phone call and gift from Russian President Vladimir Putin.

"They spoke at 2 p.m. (Thursday)," Bush spokesman Jim McGrath confirmed to Business Insider. "President Putin also sent a portrait. ... It is a portrait of President Bush as a young Navy ensign in his dress whites."

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A Kremlin news release said Putin "warmly congratulated" the 41st President on his milestone birthday and wished him "health and prosperity, noting his personal contribution to the development of the Russian-American relations."

Bush also celebrated by skydiving over Maine this week, keeping a promise to make the jump one more time. With the help of Army Sgt. 1st Class Mike Elliott, a retired Golden Knights paratrooper, Bush landed safely near the family's summer home in Kennebunkport, Maine.

Putin isn't the only art aficionado — former President George W. Bush painted a portrait of Putin earlier this year.

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Former President George H.W. Bush turned 90 Thursday and received a personal phone call and gift from Russian President Vladimir Putin.
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