Taking part in the meeting were Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin, 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, Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu, Federal Security Service Director Alexander Bortnikov, Foreign Intelligence Service Director Sergei Naryshkin, Special Presidential Representative for Environmental Protection, Ecology and Transport Sergei Ivanov and Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Alexander Kozlov.
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President of Russia Vladimir Putin: Colleagues, good evening.
Today we will focus on issues of developing the North. This includes the Northern Sea Route, the continental shelf, and a few other issues.
Mr Alexander Kozlov, Minister of Natural Resources, will begin our meeting today. Please, Mr Kozlov.