The participants focused on the developments along the contact line in the zone of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. They expressed serious concern over the continuing hostilities and pointed out the risks created in the region by the transfer of militants from Syria and Lebanon there.
Vladimir Putin informed them about the drafting of a joint statement on Nagorno-Karabakh by the heads of state – co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group (Russia, the United States and France).
There was also a discussion of Russia’s interaction with the neighbouring countries. Security Council members heard a report made by Deputy Chief of Staff of the Presidential Executive Office Dmitry Kozak.
In addition, participants exchanged views on the current socioeconomic developments in Russia.
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, Secretary of the Security Council Nikolai Patrushev, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, Interior Minister Vladimir Kolokoltsev, Director of the Federal Security Service Alexander Bortnikov, Director of the Foreign Intelligence Service Sergei Naryshkin, Special Presidential Representative for Environmental Protection, Ecology and Transport Sergei Ivanov, and Deputy Chief of Staff of the Presidential Executive Office Dmitry Kozak.
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President of Russia Vladimir Putin: Good afternoon, colleagues.
Today we will discuss our relations with our neighbours, which is a priority sphere of our operations on the external contour. We will listen to a report on this matter and will also discuss current issues on our foreign and domestic agenda.
Let us begin.
The floor goes to Mr Kozak. Please.