PUTRAJAYA: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Mahathir Mohamad received Russia’s highest award, the Orden Drusby, from Russian President Vlamidir Putin yesterday.
Putin presented The Order of Friendship award to Dr Mahathir at the Prime Minister’s Office when they met for bilateral talks.
Putin arrived here on Monday for a two-day official visit.
Dr Mahathir said it was a great honour to receive the award.
“It is the first Russian award I have ever received. It is for the work and friendship, and the work we have done in developing countries as well as to strengthen the relations between Malaysia and Russia,” he told reporters after the talks.
Putin’s visit was to reciprocate Dr Mahathir’s visit to Russia last year.