Saturday, October 01, 2016

Donald Trump, Vladimir Putin Kiss Mural Puts Restaurant in International Spotlight

Donald Trump, Vladimir Putin Kiss Mural Puts Restaurant in International Spotlight

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A lip locking moment between the Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and Russian leader Vladimir Putin, portrayed in a mural, has put a small Vilnius’s restaurant in international spotlight.

The 6 foot graffiti featuring on the outside wall of Keule Ruke or Smoking Pig has gone viral in no time.  Keule Ruke is a barbecue restaurant in the Lithuanian capital city. The art holds resemblance to a famous 1979 image of two Communist leaders, Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev and East Germany’s Erich Hoenecker, in the same pose. “Men kissing each other on the lips” is a familiar greeting in Slavic countries, learned MSN. The attention-grabbing mural was created Friday by artist Mindaugas Bonanu.

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“We always believed that the small libertarian BBQ joint situated on the NATO border with Russia will go viral one day,” read the caption for the photo on the restaurant’s Facebook page.

Smoking Pig co-owner Dominykas Ceckauskas explained that the similarity of two images is not deliberate. “We think that the border now is not in Berlin, but somewhere here in the Baltic States, between (the) East and the West,” he informed the Associated Press.

“We see many similarities between these two ‘heroes’ (Putin and Trump). They both have huge egos, and it’s amusing to see they are getting along well,” Čečkauskas further revealed in an interview with Agence France-Presse . He continued, “It seems we have a new Cold War, and America may have a president who seeks friendship with Russia.”

Ceckauskas added that the painting is “an ironic view of what can be expected” when the two leaders meet. “They seem to get along pretty well,” he told.

Last December, Putin called Trump “bright and talented.” A day later, Trump responded back to Putin’s praising words, saying, “He’s running his country and at least he’s a leader, unlike what we have in this country.”

Lithuania is one of the Baltic nations that for decades were under Soviet rule. The nation got its independence, with other countries including Ukraine, after the fall of the Soviet Union in the early 1990.