Putin discusses Russia's socio-economic development and Syria with Security Council

Putin discusses Russia's socio-economic development and Syria with Security Council

Russian President Vladimir Putin held a briefing session with permanent members of the Security Council today.

The meeting was attended by the country's Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, State Duma Speaker Vyacheslav Volodin, Chief of Staff of the Presidential Executive Office Anton Vaino, Interior Minister Vladimir Kolokoltsev, 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.

Putin discussed the Syrian conflict and the upcoming Astana talks on the Syrian settlement, as well as domestic Russian issues, with the permanent members of the Russian Security Council, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.

"During the meeting, current issues related to socio-economic development of the country were discussed. International issues were also touched upon, the Syrian issue in particular, including in the context of preparations for the next Astana meeting on Syrian settlement, scheduled for early July," Peskov said.

According to the spokesman, Putin also informed the meeting's participants about a series of international telephone conversations which he had held on Friday and Saturday.

The next round of the international Syrian reconciliation talks in Astana is due to take place on July 4-5.

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