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, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu, 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.
Today, we will discuss the measures that we are taking and must take to overcome the difficulties created by certain countries as a move against Russia. So far, they have not achieved anything significant in terms of the goals they set as regards Russia. I am sure that they will never succeed. But we need to be aware of the current developments, so let us discuss all of these issues.
I would like to ask Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov to speak first. Please, you have the floor.