Meeting with permanent members of Security Council 2019-03-22 13:40:00 The Kremlin, Moscow Vladimir Putin chaired a briefing meeting with permanent members of the Security Council. The meeting participants exchanged opinions on a wide range of issues concerning the Middle East settlement, noting that the highly unstable and continuously tense situation in the region must not be provoked by ill-advised actions and statements of the countries directly related to the settlement process. Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu informed the participants on the results of his trip to Syria as well as the nature of his contacts with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Pressing socioeconomic matters were also discussed. The meeting was attended by Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, State Duma Speaker Vyacheslav Volodin, Chief of Staff of the Presidential Executive Office Anton Vaino, Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev, Interior Minister Vladimir Kolokoltsev, Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu, Federal Security Service Director Alexander Bortnikov, Foreign Intelligence Service Director Sergei Naryshkin and Special Presidential Representative for Environmental Protection, Ecology and Transport Sergei Ivanov.