Russian President Vladimir Putin and President Obama will never be best friends, but Putin is fairly confident Obama would at least toss him a lifebuoy if he were flailing in open water.

Near the conclusion of the marathon four-hour (around the three hour and 48 minute mark) Ask Putin Things on Russian Television special, Putin read a question aloud from someone curious whether he thought Obama would save him from drowning. The question was met with laughter and applause.

Despite their strained relationship, Putin, according to the English translation from RT, gave Obama the benefit of the doubt.

“In addition to intergovernmental relations, there are some personal relations,” Putin answered. “I don’t think I have close personal relationship with Obama. I think Obama is a courageous and good person and he would for sure save me.”

The Loop has reached out to the White House for confirmation of Obama’s hypothetical altruism.

And Putin, let it be noted, was not asked whether he in turn would save Obama.