The meeting was attended by Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin, Federation Council Speaker Valentina Matviyenko, Deputy Chairman of the Security Council Dmitry Medvedev, Chief of Staff of the Presidential Executive Office Anton Vaino, Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev, Interior Minister Vladimir Kolokoltsev, 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: Good afternoon, colleagues,
Quite recently, together with our US partners we extended the New START Treaty. We had suggested this to our US partners a long time ago. I am pleased to note that the new US administration has fulfilled its campaign promises in this sphere. We praise this decision.
Today, I suggest that we discuss other steps aiming to curb the arms race and to facilitate overall arms control.
Let’s get down to work.