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, Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev, Interior Minister Vladimir Kolokoltsev, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu, Director of the Foreign Intelligence Service Sergei Naryshkin, Special Presidential Representative for Environmental Protection, Ecology and Transport Sergei Ivanov and Presidential Aide Maxim Oreshkin.
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President of Russia Vladimir Putin: Good afternoon, colleagues.
Once again, Happy New Year everybody! I wish you success and all the best in the new year.
Today we will discuss matters pertaining to work in the border regions of Russia. The agenda is extremely busy and includes security and infrastructure issues.
But we will start with socioeconomic issues. I would like to ask today’s guest speaker, Presidential Aide Maxim Oreshkin, to report. As a former Minister of Economic Development, he understands these affairs quite well. I asked him to prepare and now I am passing the floor to him.