NOVO-OGARYOVO, near Moscow, April 30. /TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin and Canada’s former Prime Minister Jean Loup Chretien met in the presidential residence at Novo-Ogaryovo near Moscow on Thursday, the Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.
"Putin and Chretien exchanged opinions on the current status of international affairs and discussed the painful points of current international situation," he said.
Peskov said earlier Putin was maintaining contacts with former global leaders, including Chretien.
"It’s well-known they have friendly relations or I’d even say relations of partnership," he said.
"When Chretien was Prime Minister, they met frequently enough, held talks and exchanged visits and hence the tradition of maintaining this relationship," Peskov said.
Jean-Loup Chretien stood at the head of the Canadian government from 1993 to 2003.
He said he had long-time relations with Russia, as he made a trip to Siberia in 1970 when he was Minister of Northern Development back at home.
After that, Chretien cooperated very closely with Boris Yeltsin and with Vladimir Putin. When the Russian authorities awarded him with the Order of Friendship in 2014, he said he was always content with the way the Canadian-Russian relations were developing.