President Joe Biden gifted Russian President Vladimir Putin a pair of custom aviator sunglasses made by Randolph USA during their summit on Wednesday, according to a White House official.
The sunglasses are made by an American company that has provided them to the US military and its NATO partners.
Biden also gifted the Russian President a crystal sculpture of an American bison — the national mammal of the US — made by Steuben Glass of New York, according to the official.
The gift of aviators with ties to NATO is symbolic and comes on the heels of a summit of the defense alliance in Brussels that Biden attended. During that summit, Biden reaffirmed the US’ commitment to the military alliance and urged western allies to better align themselves against Russia and China.