Russia and Putin chair the Security Council in the absence of Bortnikov, Naryshkin and Matvienko
Vladimir Putin chaired a meeting of the permanent members of the Security Council to discuss, as the Russian President identified at the beginning of the meeting, “issues related to each other, namely issues of foreign policy and the protection of Russian security.” The meeting was attended by Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin, State Duma Speaker Vyacheslav Volodin, Deputy Chairman of the Security Council Dmitry Medvedev, Head of the Presidential Administration Anton Vaino and Secretary of the House of Representatives. Security Council, Nikolai Patrushev, Interior Minister Vladimir Kolokoltsev, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, and the Kremlin’s envoy for environmental protection Sergey Ivanov. In the list of attendees issued by TASS, the director of the FSB Alexander Bortnikov, the director of foreign security services, Sergey Naryshkin, and the head of the Federation Council Valentina Matvienko, permanent members of the council, did not appear. The Chief of Staff of the Russian Armed Forces, Valery Gerasimov, who is also not included in the list of those present at today’s meeting, is a non-permanent member of the Council.
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