The pair only had warm words for each other, until the presumptive GOP presidential nominee featured the Russian President in an election campaign video, which a Kremlin spokesman said “demonized” their country.
The once-blossoming friendship inspired Lithuanian street artist Mindaugas Bonanu to paint this piece showing the pair locking lips:
The mural could lead to them getting back on track -- unless they really hate it, as (let's face it) they most probably will.
Bonanu painted his mural on the side of the Keule Ruke barbecue joint, in Lithuania's capital Vilnius, alongside the caption of "make everything great again."
Both Putin, who has overseen the introduction of anti-gay laws during his time in office, and The Donald have their eyes open for the smooch. Trump also tenderly cups the back of Putin's neck with his hand.
The eatery's co-owner, Dominykas Čečkauskas, unveiled the piece on Thursday. Images of the graffiti are going viral, with dozens of locals showing up to pose in front of the multi-colored picture.
Bonanu's satirical piece is a riff on "My God, Help Me To Survive This Deadly Love" graffiti, which Dmitri Vrubel painted on the side of the Berlin Wall in 1990:
It depicts former Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev kissing East German leader Erich Honecker, and is itself a take on the "Socialist Fraternal Kiss" photograph, taken some 11 years earlier, which showed the pair embracing and kissing each other on the lips.
Despite receiving an avalanche of global attention for his latest work, Bonanu told CNN that nothing in his life had changed -- "except that now I have full pocket of food coupons to eat in Keule Ruke."
Čečkauskas and Bonanu said they both saw "similarities between Trump and Putin."
"They both have an ego that is too big, and it is funny that they get along well," Čečkauskas told the Baltic News Service. "We are in a sort of a Cold War again, and America may get a president who will want to be friends with Russia."
Although Bonanu's work is not strictly an anti-Trump piece, multiple street artists, such as the London-based Pegasus, have protested the billionaire real estate magnate's presidential campaign in recent months.
Pegasus, originally from Chicago, claimed his piece likening The Donald to Adolf Hitler led to him receiving numerous death threats from Trump supporters.
Editor's note: Donald Trump regularly incites political violence and is a serial liar, rampant xenophobe, racist, misogynist