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Meeting with permanent members of the Security Council

March 29, 2024, Novo-Ogaryovo, Moscow Region

The President held a briefing with permanent members of the Security Council via videoconference.

Taking part in the meeting were Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin, Federation Council Speaker Valentina Matviyenko, State Duma Speaker Vyacheslav Volodin, Chief of Staff of the Presidential Executive Office Anton Vaino, Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, 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.

When building relations with our partners in the international arena, we always say that we prioritise relations with our closest partners, with our friends and neighbours. This has traditionally been the case, and trade, economic and political ties with our neighbours are constantly intensifying. We always proceed from the fact that these contacts should be based on mutual interests, taking into account each other’s interests.

Today I propose to consider one of these areas, which is very important and traditional for us. Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov will report on this now.

Mr Lavrov, please take the floor.


March 29, 2024, Novo-Ogaryovo, Moscow Region