Putin took a detour en route to a security summit in the Chinese port city Qingdao in order to accept the medal - China's "highest state honour" awarded to foreigners - at a ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, reports Singapore-based newspaper The Strait Times.
"This medal of friendship represents the Chinese people's lofty respect for President Putin, and symbolizes the profound friendship between China and Russian Federation", he said.
Earlier this year the White House refused to impose sanctions on Russian Federation that were passed into law nearly unanimously last year and was created to punish Moscow's alleged meddling in the 2016 USA election. The Skripals were in critical condition for weeks before recovering.
Thanks to President Putin, bilateral ties have withstood the test of ever-changing worldwide situation, Xi said, noting the deepened political and strategic mutual trust, great progress in pragmatic cooperation in various fields, and the enhanced friendship between the two peoples.
Following the end of the summit, the U.S. president said he would invite Italy's new PM to the White House, praising him and Italians for the March 4 elections' outcome.
On the June 12 summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korea leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore, Bloomberg reported Mr Putin said both Russian Federation and China agreed on the need for peace on the Korean Peninsula.
"There have been no concrete agreements or understandings, and no specific discussions are being conducted now", Peskov said.
Reports said the Kremlin has reached out to Austria about hosting a meeting between Trump and Putin sometime this summer.
According to White House statements, Trump last spoke to Putin on March 20.
Despite those comments, Putin reportedly said he's willing to meet with Trump, "as soon as the US side is ready".
Calling for improving banking relations between the two countries, he went on to say that Iran can be a reliable source for supplying energy to Pakistan.
In the energy sector, the two states have signed a $400 billion natural gas supply deal for an approximately 3,200km gas pipeline from eastern Siberia to northeast China.
Putin said the bloc's new counterterrorism agreement foresees joint drills, exchanging information and conducting coordinated anti-terror action.
"The U.S. president has repeatedly said that it's reasonable to hold such a meeting", he said. Meantime, Trump was already looking ahead to his meeting with Kim Jong Un with a feeling of optimism.
Putin added "I hope that you will have lasting memories, not only of the matches of the best teams and the skills of the players, but also of your acquaintance with Russian Federation - its distinctive culture, unique history and rich character and her hospitable, honest and friendly people".
Russian President Vladimir Putin has criticized the US withdrawal from the Iranian nuclear deal in a speech at a regional summit in China.
The Group of 7 still represents almost half of the world's total gross domestic product, but it has slipped behind the nations of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, or S.C.O., when economic power is measured using a formula that adjusts for the relative value of currencies and their purchasing power.
Putin also lambasted Trump's decision to withdraw from the 2015 Iranian nuclear deal, saying the decision could "destabilize the situation" in the region.
Iran's President Hassan Rouhani, whose country is an observer member, also attended the meeting as he seeks Chinese and Russian support following the United States withdrawal from the nuclear deal with Tehran.