A piece of street art posted to the side of a Lithuanian barbecue restaurant is stirring up conversation on social media. According to The Washington Post the image erected earlier this week by the owners of Keule Ruke in Vilnius depicts GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump and Russian president Vladimir Putin locked in a kiss. Created by artist Mindaugas Bonanu, the image is meant to draw similarities to an iconic Soviet-era art piece on the Berlin Wall of Leonid Brezhnev and East German president Erich Honecker kissing (based itself on an photo).
"We saw similarities between the two heroes (Trump and Putin)," restaurant co-owner Dominykas Ceckauskas tells The Baltic Times. "They both have an ego that is too big and it is funny that they get along well." He adds: "We are in a sort of a Cold War again, and America may get a president who will want to be friends with Russia."
On social media the owners pose in front of the mural and reference Trump's campaign slogan writing "MAKE EVERYTHING GREAT AGAIN." In another they describe themselves as a "small libertarian bbq joint situated on the NATO border with Russia."
In the past Putin and Trump have shared mutual affection though — as far as we know — no friendly smooches. Trump has said in debates that he would "get along with Putin." Putin has also returned the sentiment calling Trump "a very outstanding person, talented, without any doubt." Russia also seems to be an outlier amongst G20 states in its approval of a Trump presidency. Trump, however, still refrains from touching food with his hands and claims credit for inspiring Budweiser's summer rebrand.