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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Putin, and Chirac Discuss European Security and Presidential Trips

President Vladimir Putin spoke by phone Wednesday evening with French President Jacques Chirac about an upcoming European Union summit and European security, Russia's presidential press service said.

Chirac is scheduled to visit Moscow this summer, and the two presidents also discussed details of the trip, a spokesman said on customary condition of anonymity.

The presidents discussed a Mar. 23 European Union summit in Stockholm, which Putin will attend. The two also talked about peacekeeping in the former Yugoslavia, the spokesman said. He described the phone call as lengthy.

Since Putin's rise to power in 1999, the French government has been among the most vocal critics of Russia's war in Chechnya, dampening relations between the countries.

However, Paris and Moscow continue to cooperate on other issues. Chirac this week mediated peace talks between the presidents of Azerbaijan and Armenia over the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh enclave. The talks were conducted under the auspices of the Minsk group of mediator nations, of which Russia is also a member.