On Sunday, France won the the World Cup in an exciting 4-2 final against Croatia. Both President Putin and President Macron were dressed in dark suits, in contrast to President Grabar-Kitarović's red-and-white ensemble.
She was forced to miss the team's semi-final win over Gareth Southgate's England side to attend a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Brussels.
"We can surely be proud of how we organised this tournament", Putin said in televised comments after France's victory against Croatia.
"First of all, I want to congratulate your team on their successful participation in the World Cup", the Russian president said during the talks with Grabar-Kitarovic.
Following the worldwide soccer tournament, Putin convened a meeting and gave credit to law enforcement agencies and security services from more than 30 countries, according to an official Kremlin press release published Monday.
The ceremony marked a handover from the world's largest country by landmass to one of the smallest. Qatar has a population of 2.3 million people and an area slightly smaller than the U.S. state of CT.
"We know that the guests from overseas, the fans, would like to come back to us, bring their family and friends, and we are sure to consider a visa regime providing maximum comfort for those fans that have fallen in love with Russia", Putin said.
The 2022 FIFA World Cup is set to be held in Qatar.
Ahead of the final in Moscow between France and Croatia, Putin has met at the Kremlin with Qatar's emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani and Federation Internationale de Football Association president Gianni Infantino.
Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic openly supported the team during their World Cup journey. "We hope to overcome all the difficulties", he said. She is also a multi-linguist, fluent in Croatian, English, Spanish and Portuguese, and also understands German, French and Italian.
Croatia also had a celebratory homecoming after their best finish in a World Cup.