MOSCOW, May 28. /TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin will meet with former French president Valery Giscard d'Estaing, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.
"Putin is going to receive France’s former President Giscard d'Estaing and it will be a sort of private meeting to maintain conventional relations," Peskov said.
Giscard d'Estaing served as French president from 1974 to 1981 and, according to Le Parisien daily, is considered the country's third most popular leader after Jacques Chirac and Franзois Mitterrand.
Valery Giscard d'Estaing is an ardent advocate of the construction of the "United Europe" and he also initiated establishment of the European Council as a floor for European leaders’ informal communication, which later became the EU governing body.
At present the French ex-president calls for promoting relations between Russia and the European nations. Thus, he backed Moscow in the issue of Crimea’s reunification with Russia.
Along with this, during his visit to Moscow Giscard d'Estaing will give a lecture on EU relationship with key neighbouring countrie
The Russian leader keeps in touch with many outstanding foreign politicians, including former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, former German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder, former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi along with Canada’s former Prime Minister Jean Chretien who Putin met just a month ago.