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Medvedev thanks Chirac for improving Franco-Russian relations

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President Dmitry Medvedev conferred a Russian state award on former French president Jacques Chirac on Thursday, and thanked him for his contribution to humanitarian work and to improving ties with Russia.
MOSCOW, June 12 (RIA Novosti) - President Dmitry Medvedev conferred a Russian state award on former French president Jacques Chirac on Thursday, and thanked him for his contribution to humanitarian work and to improving ties with Russia.

Medvedev led a state award ceremony in the Kremlin on Russia Day, which marks the June 12, 1990 declaration of sovereignty by the Russian Soviet Republic's parliament, a key step toward the breakup of the Soviet Union.

Medvedev said: "I am sincerely glad to welcome Mr. Chirac to the Kremlin. His Russian Federation State Award is a recognition of his outstanding achievements in humanitarian work."

"His enormous personal contribution to integration processes in Europe and the development of Russian-French relations is well known," Medvedev said.

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