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MOSCOW, March 2. /TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin has congratulated Mikhail Gorbachev on his 85th birth anniversary pointing to the relevance and importance of the professional abilities of the former Soviet leader and the incumbent President of the International Foundation for Socio-Economic and Political Studies, the Kremlin press service reported.
"You are known as a bright and extraordinary personality, a prominent statesman and public figure. It is important that your professional knowledge, experience and huge creative potential are highly sought after today and contribute to the development of international humanitarian cooperation," the president’s cable reads.
Vladimir Putin wished Mikhail Gorbachev "good health and all the very best."
Meanwhile, Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko who too sent his birthday greetings to Gorbachev "voiced the conviction that Mikhail Gorbachev’s activities would continue to promote the search for optimal solutions to the pressing problems of the current stage of world history, consolidation of peace and good-neighborly relations," Lukashenko’s press service said.
Mikhail Gorbachev, born in 1931, is the Russian political and public figure, the first and last Soviet President (1990-1991) and since 1992 - the President of the International Foundation for Socio-Economic and Political Studies (the Gorbachev Foundation), a Nobel Prize winner (1990).
Vladimir Putin’s working schedule for today does not include a meeting with Mikhail Gorbachev, but it is not completely ruled out, presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov told the media.
"For now I cannot say [whether there will be such a meeting]," Peskov told the media.
Putin’s timetable for today was very tight, he recalled.
"The hero of the day, too, must have many duties to attend," Peskov speculated, adding that Putin had already dispatched a message of greeting to Gorbachev.