06/09/2016 6:50 PM AEST | Updated 07/09/2016 3:31 AM AEST

Death Stare Between Obama And Putin Sparks The Photoshop Battle It Deserves

The icy exchange triggered a new kind of Cold War.

Alexei Druzhinin via Getty Images
The photo of Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, meeting U.S. President Barack Obama on the sidelines of the G20 summit in China on Monday that's become a viral sensation.

War is raging over an image showing President Barack Obama staring down his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin.

Photographer Alexei Druzhinin captured the duo appearing to give each other death stares at the G20 summit in China on Monday. The snap sparked a ferocious Photoshop battle on Reddit soon after.

Some Redditors transformed the pair into sparring boxers, while others reimagined them as lovers or characters from Cold War propaganda posters.

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