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NOVO-OGARYOVO, April 29. /TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin said it was very nice and useful to hear the opinions of the representatives of the Elders group on the key issues of global politics.
"Your active involvement in international affairs is highly sought after, especially today, considering the complex situation that we are witnessing," Putin said at the meeting with representatives of the group in Novo-Ogaryovo.
"Anyway, for me it was very nice and useful to hear your views on a number of key issues," the Russian president said.
Taking part in the meeting were Chairman of the Elders group, former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan and five political figures: 39th President of the United States Jimmy Carter, former President of Finland Martti Ahtisaari, former President of Mexico Ernesto Zedillo, former Prime Minister of Norway Gro Harlem Brundtland and former UN special envoy to Syria Lakhdar Brahimi.
Opening the meeting with the Elders, the Russian president noted that "the world hadn’t become simpler" following their retirement from mainstream politics. "I don’t want to say that it’s your legacy," the Russian leader said ironically making his interlocutors smile. "But the world is indeed complex, diverse, there are so many conflict situations," Putin added.
The meeting was also attended by Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and presidential aide Yury Ushakov.