President of Russia Vladimir Putin: Mr Patrushev, the Security Council is marking the 25th anniversary of its establishment. Let me congratulate you and all staff members and say that much has been accomplished over these years to develop this important state government body and ensure its effective work today.
It is my great hope that work will continue in this way and the Secretariat will ensure timely analysis of key issues concerning defence, security, and support for state governance in contact with the relevant ministries and agencies.
I want to thank everyone for their work together.
Secretary of the Security Council Nikolai Patrushev: Mr President,
Thank you very much for your positive assessment of the work of the Security Council, its staff, and those working in its commissions.
Our research council and its sections also work actively. Acting under your direction, they are aware of their work’s importance. This is very important for them, of course, and they are ready to continue their effective work.
We examine the unfolding threats and challenges in our world today, and, of course, we must make clear forecasts and draft recommendations on possible responses. International and regional security issues also require our close attention.
It is also very important to develop strategic planning documents. One of the most significant documents that we drafted is the National Security Strategy, which sets out our strategic national priorities.
You mentioned defence and security. It is also very important that we outline the road ahead for strategic stability, and – a focus of our particular attention – raising our people’s quality of life. All of our documents are drafted with this prism in mind.
We work together with our partners abroad. We see that they use many of our developments in their practical work, and this too is very important.
We realise that the situation in the world is not about to become any simpler. On the contrary, we see a number of new complications emerging for global and regional security. Timely responses are therefore crucial. We hope that we will succeed in choosing the right responses and providing the needed recommendation.