Taking part in the meeting were Federation Council Speaker Valentina Matviyenko, State Duma Speaker Vyacheslav Volodin, Deputy Chairman of the Security Council Dmitry Medvedev, Chief of Staff of the Presidential Executive Office Anton Vaino, Secretary of the Security Council Nikolai Patrushev, Minister of Internal Affairs Vladimir Kolokoltsev, Minister of Defence Sergei Shoigu, Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergei Lavrov, Director of the Federal Security Service Alexander Bortnikov, Director of the Foreign Intelligence Service Sergei Naryshkin, and Special Presidential Representative for Environmental Protection, Ecology and Transport Sergei Ivanov.
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President of Russia Vladimir Putin: Colleagues, good afternoon.
I do not really have to speak about the importance and fundamental significance of the Far Eastern region for our country. And this is the reason why specific government agencies as well as the Government as a whole are constantly working toward the development of the Russian Far East.
Today I propose discussing a few matters related to ensuring Russia’s security in that area. The situation in the region is somewhat complicated. We are aware of all the threats. Let us consider them in more detail today.