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, 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: Colleagues,
From the point of view of national security, we are focusing on the events related to providing assistance to our people in Donbass, on the special military operation in Ukraine.
But we also have other issues that are of great interest from the point of view of national security, including in the southern sector. Today, therefore, we will discuss this issue in respect to the events in Afghanistan and generally in that region, in that sector.
Let us get down to work. Our speaker today is Mr Lavrov.
You have the floor, Mr Lavrov.