Taking part in the meeting were Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu, Director of the Federal Security Service Alexander Bortnikov and Director of the Foreign Intelligence Service Sergei Naryshkin.
The meeting participants also discussed security measures during New Year holidays.
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President of Russia Vladimir Putin: Good afternoon, colleagues.
As previously agreed, we are going to discuss two issues today.
The first one is related to ensuring security during festive events, both New Year and Christmas.
The second issue is a very specific, international one related to faclitating the peace process in the Nagorno-Karabakh settlement and general developments in the South Caucasus.
Let us begin. Mr Bortnikov, please, take the floor.