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Meeting with FATF President Juan Manuel Vega-Serrano

April 26, 2017, The Kremlin, Moscow

Vladimir Putin met at the Kremlin with President of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) Juan Manuel Vega-Serrano. Also taking part in the meeting was Head of the National Financial Monitoring Agency Rosfinmonitoring Yury Chikhanchin.

President of Russia Vladimir Putin: Mr President, it is a great pleasure to meet with you.

This is the first time your organisation is holding such a big event in Moscow, an event that aims to implement the principles of the work to combat money laundering, coordinating the efforts of FATF and those of this Asian cluster (the Eurasian group on combating money laundering and financing of terrorism (EAG), which was established at Russia’s initiative and has been operating with considerable success.

I am pleased to see that under your presidency, FATF is firmly intent on actively combating financial terrorism in the world. This is a crucial area of work.

It goes without saying that we will do everything possible to facilitate efforts to reach the goals you have set.

President of FATF Juan Manuel Vega-Serrano (retranslated): Good afternoon, Mr President. Thank you very much for the invitation. It is a great pleasure to be here in the Russian Federation.

Thank you for receiving me today. I think that this meeting is evidence of Russia’s commitment at the very highest level to fighting money laundering and financing of terrorism. This is definitely very important.

It is also a pleasure to see Mr Chikhanchin, the head of Russia’s financial monitoring service. He is a valuable professional and we appreciate him highly in our organisation, in FATF.


April 26, 2017, The Kremlin, Moscow