Putin had a meeting with business community representatives

Vladimir Putin met in the Kremlin with representatives of the Russian business circles and associations.


Meeting with representatives of the Russian business community in Kremlin.
Meeting with representatives of the Russian business community in Kremlin.
The meeting was attended by over 50 business leaders, CEOs of leading private companies and companies with government participation, banks and public organizations.


President of Russia Vladimir Putin: Good afternoon,

Before we start working and take our seats let us wish a happy birthday to VTB President Andrei Kostin. Please accept our sincere congratulations. I would like to present you with this watch. Although modest, it is called “Chimes.”


Good afternoon, colleagues,

You know we do not meet often but still regularly get together in approximately the same line-up and compare our positions on the developments in the economy and in specific sectors.

Vladimir Putin at a meeting with representatives of the Russian business community.
Vladimir Putin at a meeting with representatives of the Russian business community.
I must say that despite certain limitations, including external restrictions, the Russian economy is stabilising. As you know, it is perfectly obvious that it has overcome the recession, is gaining momentum, and has been growing for several quarters running.

As you also know, we planned for fairly modest growth of about 0.8 percent. In the first quarter of the year the GDP increased by 0.5 percent but it has already gone up 2.5 percent in the second quarter. Investment increased 6.3 percent, which is the highest since the second quarter of 2012. Naturally, this is a good foundation for future development. Importantly, inflation is fairly low – less than 4 percent, which I would call the lowest in history.

President of Russia, Vladimir Putin.
President of Russia, Vladimir Putin.
Industrial production is increasing. Its growth was 2 percent and certainly looks very impressive in some sectors. The manufacture of semiconductors has increased by over 24 percent, computers by 64.2 percent, grain harvesters by 31 percent, cars by 21.5 percent, buses by 16 percent, freight carriage by 78.5 percent, sunflower oil by almost 20 percent and knitwear by 23.5 percent. As I said, this growth is being recorded during historically low inflation.

Naturally, it is important to understand why this is taking place and maintain these positive trends. This is actually what I would like to discuss with you. Considering that external restrictions still exist and may even be extended, I would like to hear your opinions on this situation, your assessments and proposals.

This is probably all I need to say for now.

Thank you.

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Presidential Aide Andrei Belousov and Russian Railways CEO Oleg Belozerov before the meeting with representatives of the Russian business community.
Presidential Aide Andrei Belousov and Russian Railways CEO Oleg Belozerov before the meeting with representatives of the Russian business community.
Vladimir Putin held a meeting with Russian business community representatives.
Vladimir Putin held a meeting with Russian business community representatives.

Vladimir Putin visited Yandex

Vladimir Putin visited the office of Yandex IT company in Moscow, Russian leading internet service IT company. 

Vladimir Putin and Yandex CEO Arkady Volozh.
Vladimir Putin and Yandex CEO Arkady Volozh.

Vladimir Putin was accompanied by Yandex CEO Arkady Volozh. Yandex COO Alexander Shulgin and CFO Greg Abovsky told President Putin that the company has about 7,000 employees with average age of 30 years. Most of them have graduated from Russian leading universities. Yandex marked its 20th anniversary on the 23th of September, the day when the Yandex search engine was launched in 1997.



Russian President was briefed on the main areas of the company’s operation, such as Yandex.Search, the most popular search engine in Russia, artificial intelligence projects and the company’s online services in telemedicine, education, business and transportation.

Vladimir Putin in Yandex office, watching at the voice assistant Alice.
Vladimir Putin in Yandex office, watching at the voice assistant Alice.

One of the company’s latest projects is voice assistant called Alice, which provides weather updates and answers questions about city routes. You can use voice commands or type in your questions. Alice is a unique device: unlike other voice assistants, it can simply chat. Alice is not based on the keyword recognition principle but analyses large volumes of information before providing an answer. Alice will be available on October 10.

Vladimir Putin and a driverless car made by Yandex
Vladimir Putin and a driverless car made by Yandex.
Vladimir Putin was also shown a working prototype of a driverless car that uses Yandex software. President Putin watched the car drive in the company’s yard.

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Vladimir Putin visited Moscow office of Yandex IT Company. With Yandex CEO Arkady Volozh.
Vladimir Putin visited Moscow office of Yandex IT Company. With Yandex CEO Arkady Volozh.
Vladimir Putin is shown a working prototype of a driverless car during his visit to Yandex Moscow office.
Vladimir Putin is shown a working prototype of a driverless car during his visit to Yandex Moscow office.
Vladimir Putin visited Moscow office of Yandex IT Company.
Vladimir Putin visited Moscow office of Yandex IT Company.
Vladimir Putin with Yandex CEO Arkady Volozh in Moscow office of Yandex IT Company.
Vladimir Putin with Yandex CEO Arkady Volozh in Moscow office of Yandex IT Company.
Russian President in Moscow office of Yandex IT Company.
Russian President in Moscow office of Yandex IT Company.

Putin met with President of OPORA Russia public association

Vladimir Putin met with Alexander Kalinin, president of OPORA Russia public association for small and medium-sized entrepreneurship.

Vladimir Putin at the meeting with President of OPORA Russia public association Alexander Kalinin.
Vladimir Putin at the meeting with President of OPORA Russia public association Alexander Kalinin.
Among the topics discussed were the introduction of cash registers that report fiscal information to tax agencies in real time and economic consequences for small and medium-size businesses of implementing the initiative to make the minimum monthly wage equal to the subsistence level.


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President of Russia Vladimir Putin: Mr. Kalinin, first of all I would like to congratulate and all of your colleagues on the anniversary of one of the most active organisations supporting small and medium-size entrepreneurship in this country.

Fifteen years have passed and you and your colleagues have done a lot of work in cooperation with the Government of the Russian Federation and the Presidential Executive Office.

You are directly involved in elaborating draft laws, bylaws and other acts that impact business directly or indirectly, primarily small and medium-sized entrepreneurship. I would like to thank you and your colleagues for your active participation in these efforts and for working with us.

I know that you held an anniversary forum quite recently, the other day, where you also discussed specific issues that are of interest to people involved in business. In this context I would like to discuss a couple of issues separately today.

The first issue deals with the introduction of new cash registers that report fiscal information to tax agencies online in real time. I know that some business representatives voiced different ideas and concerns that the transition to the new registers does not take into account the peculiarities of the business conducted by certain small and medium-sized companies. These cash registers are already being introduced, and the next big step is planned for the middle of next year. I believe it will affect almost two million business owners. Let us discuss this issue to see what you think about possible solutions.

And the second important issue (you certainly know this as well) is our decision to make the minimum monthly wage equal to the subsistence level. This is one of the fundamental decisions that, I believe, should ensure that basic human necessities are not out of the reach of the wages that some of our citizens still continue to receive.

President of OPORA Russia public association Alexander Kalinin.
President of OPORA Russia public association Alexander Kalinin.
But at the same time this decision will have an economic impact on small and medium-sized businesses that must pay the corresponding taxes to social funds. It is necessary to be very careful here so as not to create more problems by solving one and not to create difficulties for small and medium-sized businesses and self-employed people.

I suggest that we discuss these issues and then any other matters that you consider important.

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Putin had a meeting with newly elected heads of regions

Vladimir Putin met with the heads of regions elected on the unified voting day.

Vladimir Putin and heads of regions elected on the unified voting day.
Vladimir Putin and heads of regions elected on the unified voting day.
Elections at various levels were held in 82 Russian regions on the single election day, September 10. Governors and heads of Russian republics were elected in 17 regions, with one elected by direct vote of the republic’s parliament.

The meeting was attended by:
  • Chief of Staff of the Presidential Executive Office Anton Vaino
  • First Deputy Chief of Staff of the Presidential Executive Office Sergei Kiriyenko
  • Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Kozak.


Opening remarks at a meeting with newly elected regional heads.


President of Russia Vladimir Putin: Good afternoon, colleagues,

First of all, I want to congratulate you on being elected to the high positions of heads of Russian regions.

President of Russia Vladimir Putin with heads of regions elected on the unified voting day.
President of Russia Vladimir Putin with heads of regions elected on the unified voting day.
I must say that I am pleased with the results, but it is a special responsibility for you: most of you received over 60 percent of the vote. It shows a high level of trust, but also the high expectations of those who came to polling stations and voted for you.

Much has been done, but more needs to be done. A bridge is being modernised in Yaroslavl; housing has been built for the victims of wildfires in Buryatia. There are improvements in such important areas as healthcare, housing and utilities, and education.

At the same time, I would like to note that in this hall, there are very experienced people who have gone through election campaigns many times and who have received high praise from the voters, but there are also many young people who have also won great support. This means that voters expect a turn for the better from you and that they hope that young, energetic and skilled people will take well-considered but prompt measures to improve the situation in the relevant regions of the country.

Meeting with newly elected heads of regions.
Meeting with newly elected heads of regions.
As you know, we have held several events related to the public selection of candidates for various spheres. We began with the Agency for Strategic Initiatives, but we also did this in several other areas. This system of selecting personnel has proved its worth and is being widely used. I hope that you will use this open and transparent system of attracting people to the regional bodies of government and management, so that young people understand what we do and see that the social lift is effective regardless of left- or right-wing influences or connections, and that their careers depend above all on their skills, training, as well as a desire and ability to work in the interests of the people.

We have senior members of the Presidential Executive Office with us today, and the Government knows about the instructions to organise this work at the federal, that is, nationwide level. I strongly hope that you will do the same at the regional level.

I wish you success. I hope that you will develop good business-like relations with the Presidential Executive Office and the Government, and that you will make use of your skills, experience and energy to fulfil the tasks on which you set your eyes when you aspired for these high positions, for this is why the people have elected you. I wish you success and the all the best.

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Vladimir Putin held a meeting of Military-Industrial Commission

Vladimir Putin visited the Almaz-Antey Air and Space Defense Corporation, where he was updated on promising defense projects and held a meeting of the Military-Industrial Commission.

Vladimir Putin held a meeting of Military-Industrial Commission at the Almaz-Antey Air ad Space Defense Corporation.
Vladimir Putin held a meeting of Military-Industrial Commission at the Almaz-Antey Air ad Space Defense Corporation.
The Almaz-Antey Air and Space Defense Corporation is a Russian group of companies that design and produce air and missile defense systems. The corporation comprises over 60 plants, research and production associations, design bureaus and research institutes.

The corporation produces ground and sea launched air defense missile systems and air and ground surveillance radar stations, automated control systems, as well as civilian equipment.


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Opening speech of Vladimir Putin at a meeting of the Military-Industrial Commission.

President of Russia Vladimir Putin:

Good afternoon, colleagues.

The Military-Industrial Commission is meeting at the Almaz-Antey Corporation. Before we start discussing the issues on our agenda today, I would like to congratulate the corporation’s personnel and the other workers in our defense industry on Defense Workers’ Day. As you know, a monument to Kalashnikov was unveiled in Moscow today.

Vladimir Putin at the meeting of the Military-Industrial Commission.
Vladimir Putin at the meeting of the Military-Industrial Commission.
I would like to thank the researchers, designers, engineers and workers who create reliable quality weapons and equipment for their responsible attitude and diligence. I wish new labor achievements, health and well-being to all of you and to your families.

Colleagues, today we will review a number of issues dealing with the development of the Army and Navy armament system and the further consolidation of defense industry organizations.

One of the priority tasks of design bureaus, research institutes and defense companies is the development and production of advanced arms and equipment that determine the combat power of the Russian Army.

Defense Minister of Russia Sergei Shoigu before the meeting of Military-Industrial Commission.
Defense Minister of Russia Sergei Shoigu before the meeting of Military-Industrial Commission.
Importantly, it is necessary to keep this production independent of foreign components. For more than two years now, we have been carrying out the program for the import substitution of foreign spare parts and components for military production.

Today I would like to hear your reports on how the industry is implementing the planned import substitution measures.

Another important issue is the creation of a standard database on research and development, the results of intellectual activity and design documentation for military products. As you know, these data have not been systematized and are in the possession of both the state ordering customer and the main executor.

Vladimir Putin at the Almaz-Antey Air and Space Defense Corporation with Director General Yan Novikov.
Vladimir Putin at the Almaz-Antey Air and Space Defense Corporation with Director General Yan Novikov.
Meanwhile, this database will obviously enhance the efficiency of the application of the results of ongoing research and development, as well as military and dual-purpose intellectual activities and technologies, particularly through their application in civilian sectors. In addition, it will create favorable conditions for promoting innovative development and enhancing the competitiveness of the defense industry.

Let me remind you that by 2025 the share of high-tech civilian and dual-purpose production should increase from 16 to 30 percent of the total commercial output.

I would like to discuss in detail the modernization of defense industry enterprises.

Vladimir Putin with Director of Almaz-Antey Air and Space Defense Corporation General Yan Novikov.
Vladimir Putin with Director of Almaz-Antey Air and Space Defense Corporation General Yan Novikov.
In May the question of assessing the efficiency of capital investment and its influence on reducing the cost of military output and decreasing the production cycle was raised at the meeting in Sochi.
Judging by the report on implementing state policy on defense industry that the Government submits every year, technical re-equipment is having a positive influence on the economic performance of defense industry enterprises and is enhancing their potential to produce advanced commercial armaments and equipment prototypes.

Overall, the defense industry reports sustainable growth rates that are higher than in many other industries. More precisely, output in the defense industry increased by 10.7 percent in 2016. Year-on-year production increased last year in all sectors, but growth was especially high in the electronics industry (18.5 percent), in the production of munitions and special chemicals (nearly 14.5 percent), conventional weapons (over 10 percent), aircraft manufacturing (9 percent) and shipbuilding (nearly 4 percent).

Vladimir Putin with Yan Novikov at the Almaz-Antey Air and Space Defense Corporation.
Vladimir Putin with Yan Novikov at the Almaz-Antey Air and Space Defense Corporation.
It is especially gratifying that production efficiency in integrated companies increased by 8.8 percent on average, while wages grew commensurately, which is a good sign. The majority of integrated companies balance labor efficiency growth and wage growth per worker.

However, labor efficiency at our companies is still lower than at their foreign rivals. Therefore, they need to continue reducing the prime cost of their produce by introducing resource-saving technology, streamlining their capacities and procurement activity, and other measures.

Before we start discussing the items on our agenda today, I would like to mention one more issue.
We have said many times that we need an effective system of fundamental and applied research, under which breakthrough technology will be introduced in production to strengthen national defenses and bolster our economic growth.

One possible form of this is a modern innovative techno polis or technology park, which will have conditions for creative activity by both young and experienced researchers. Personnel for this park can be recruited from the research platoons, which have proved their worth, from research institutes, corporation design bureaus and other related institutions. Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu has updated me on these ideas. I consider them to be interesting and promising. We must think about implementing them.

And now let us get down to work.

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Head of the Federal Security Service Alexander Bortnikov (left) and Finance Minister Anton Siluanov before the meeting of Military-Industrial Commission.
Head of the Federal Security Service Alexander Bortnikov (left) and Finance Minister Anton Siluanov before the meeting of Military-Industrial Commission.
Presidential Aide Andrei Belousov (left) and Secretary of the Security Council Nikolai Patrushev before the meeting of Military-Industrial Commission.
Presidential Aide Andrei Belousov (left) and Secretary of the Security Council Nikolai Patrushev before the meeting of Military-Industrial Commission.
Head of the Foreign Intelligence Service Sergei Naryshkin (left) and Minister of the Interior Vladimir Kolokoltsev before the meeting of Military-Industrial Commission.
Head of the Foreign Intelligence Service Sergei Naryshkin (left) and Minister of the Interior Vladimir Kolokoltsev before the meeting of Military-Industrial Commission.
Presidential Aide Vladimir Kozhin (left) and Director of the Federal National Guard Service and Commander-in-Chief of the National Guard Viktor Zolotov before the meeting of Military-Industrial Commission.
Presidential Aide Vladimir Kozhin (left) and Director of the Federal National Guard Service and Commander-in-Chief of the National Guard Viktor Zolotov before the meeting of Military-Industrial Commission.

President Vladimir Putin sent greetings to Junior Delphic Games

Vladimir Putin sent a message of greeting to participants and guests of the conference Junior Delphic Games: 15 Years in the CIS.

Junior Delphic Games: 15 Years in the CIS.
Junior Delphic Games: 15 Years in the CIS.

The message of President of Russia Vladimir Putin reads, in part:
"Over the past years, this valuable project has established some strong traditions and has rightly earned high public recognition. The Games perform an important mission of bringing together young talents from the CIS and promoting the preservation of our common cultural heritage and the strengthening of good neighborly relations and mutual understanding between people. It is a pleasure to see that these artistic competitions are aimed at introducing young men and women to the best samples of classical and modern art. Participation in the Games is a unique opportunity for young artists to demonstrate their abilities and take their first steps towards a successful career."

Putin sent greetings to current and former defense industry workers

Vladimir Putin congratulated current and former workers of the Russian defense industry on their professional holiday.

Workers of the Russian defense industry.
Workers of the Russian defense industry.
The message of Vladimir Putin reads, in part:
“We are rightly proud of the Russian workers, engineers and designers whose creative genius produced unique and worldwide renowned models of weapons. The names of such talented gunsmiths as Pavel Zakhava, Sergei Mosin, Georgy Shpagin and Mikhail Kalashnikov will forever remain in the heroic military history of Russia. Today, defense industry development is one of the state’s priorities. We are improving its scientific and research support, developing and implementing the most advanced technology. The training programs for defense industry professionals are being greatly enhanced. I believe that all of you will continue to work hard to achieve performance targets and strengthen the country’s defense capability and national security.”

Vladimir Putin sent condolences on passing of Zurab Sotkilava

Vladimir Putin conveyed his deepest condolences on the passing of opera singer, People’s Artist of the USSR, Zurab Sotkilava, to the singer’s family and friends.

People’s Artist of the USSR, Zurab Sotkilava.
People’s Artist of the USSR, Zurab Sotkilava.
The message of President Putin reads, in part:
“Zurab Sotkilava had a long life and career. He brilliantly fulfilled himself as an outstanding opera singer of our time. His colleagues and a grateful public highly valued him for his vocal skills, artistic charm and selfless love of music. Mr. Sotkilava left a rich creative heritage; he educated talented students and made a unique contribution to the development of national performance arts.”

Zurab Sotkilava has died in Moscow on the 18th of September at the age of 80.

President Putin sent greetings on 15th anniversary of OPORA

Vladimir Putin congratulated OPORA Russia, a public organization for small and medium-sized entrepreneurship, on its 15th anniversary.

OPORA Russia public association.
OPORA Russia public association.

The message of Vladimir Putin reads, in part:
"Over this period, OPORA Russia has brought together representatives of the business community from different regions and has earned high public recognition thanks to its extensive work. It is important that the organization is a serious and reliable partner of the state in addressing such pressing matters as increasing the competitiveness of domestic products, companies and enterprises and improving the business and investment climate in the country, and it generally plays a significant role in building a modern economy. The creative, intellectual and professional contribution of OPORA Russia to improving labor, tax and corporate law is also of great importance. I am convinced that this forum will be constructive and will give impetus to new projects and initiatives required for practical activities."


OPORA Russia’s anniversary forum is taking place in Moscow on September 18–19.

Putin watched Zapad-2017 Russian-Belarusian Army exercises

Vladimir Putin watched the action of the soldiers of Russia and Belarus during the Zapad-2017 joint strategic military exercises at the Luzhsky training ground in Leningrad Region.

Russian Helicopters
The attack of Helicopters during the exercises of Russia and Belarus at the Zapad-2017.
The Supreme Commander-in-Chief of the Russian Armed Forces Vladimir Putin observed the action of the troops of the Union State of Russia and Belarus during the Zapad-2017. The exercises are taking place at Russian and Belarusian training grounds on September 14–20. They involve about 12,700 troops, about 70 aircraft and helicopters, up to 680 units of combat hardware, including about 250 tanks, up to 200 guns, multiple rocket launchers and mortars, and 10 warships.


The main goals of the drill are to upgrade the operational coordination of various command levels, to integrate troop and weapon advanced command and control systems, to test new charter documents and to allow commanders at all levels to practice combat action planning based on the experience of present-day armed conflicts.

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Wanna Peace? Prepare for WAR! Zapad-2017.
Wanna Peace? Prepare for WAR! Zapad-2017.
Zapad-2017 joint Russian-Belarusian strategic military exercises.
Zapad-2017 joint Russian-Belarusian strategic military exercises.
Vladimir Putin and Sergei Shoigu in the command center at the Luzhsky training ground.
Vladimir Putin and Sergei Shoigu in the command center at the Luzhsky training ground.
Vladimir Putin at the Luzhsky training ground during the main stage of the Zapad-2017 joint Russian-Belarusian strategic exercises.
Vladimir Putin at the Luzhsky training ground during the main stage of the Zapad-2017 joint Russian-Belarusian strategic exercises.
Vladimir Putin watching Zapad-2017 Russian-Belarusian exercises.
Vladimir Putin watching Zapad-2017 Russian-Belarusian exercises.
Russian Tank. Zapad 2017 military exercises.
Russian Tank. Zapad 2017 military exercises.
Russian Tanks
Russian Tanks attacking the enemy at the Zapad 2017.
Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu. Zapad 2017.
Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu. Zapad 2017.
Vladimir Putin with Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu and Chief of the General Staff of Russian Armed Forces Valery Gerasimov.
Vladimir Putin with Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu and Chief of the General Staff of Russian Armed Forces Valery Gerasimov.
Vladimir Putin observing exercises of Russian Army at the Zapad-2017.
Vladimir Putin observing exercises of Russian Army at the Zapad-2017.
Foreign observers during the main stage of the Zapad-2017 joint Russian-Belarusian strategic exercises at Luzhsky training ground.
Foreign observers during the main stage of the Zapad-2017 joint Russian-Belarusian strategic exercises at Luzhsky training ground.

Putin congratulated President of Kyrgyzstan Almazbek Atambayev

Vladimir Putin called President of Kyrgyzstan Almazbek Atambayev to congratulate him on his birthday, wish him success in his responsible work and good health.

Vladimir Putin congratulated President of Kyrgyzstan Almazbek Atambayev.
Vladimir Putin congratulated President of Kyrgyzstan Almazbek Atambayev.

Earlier the Russian President Vladimir Putin sent the Kyrgyzstan President a congratulatory message, which reads, in part:
"Your activity as the head of state, focused on solving Kyrgyzstan’s current socioeconomic development issues and enhancing its international position, has earned you the well-deserved respect of your fellow countrymen and high respect from abroad. Russia highly appreciates your personal contribution toward strengthening our strategic partnership and the allied relations between our two countries, and promoting constructive interaction within the EAEU, CSTO and other multilateral structures."

Emmanuel Macron telephoned Vladimir Putin

Vladimir Putin had a telephone conversation with President of France Emmanuel Macron at the initiative of the French party.

Vladimir Putin with telephone.
Vladimir Putin had a telephone conversation with President of France Emmanuel Macron.
Vladimir Putin asked Emmanuel Macron to convey his condolences to people on the France’s islands of Saint Martin and Saint Barthelemy, which have been hit by hurricane Irma.

As per the agreements reached at the top level in Versailles on May 29 and in Hamburg on July 8, the two heads of state have adopted a decision to launch the Trianon Dialogue civil society forum. The new cooperation mechanism has been established to strengthen ties between the general public in Russia and France.


The presidents have appointed the forum’s co-presidents and executive directors. Russia will be represented, respectively, by MGIMO Rector Anatoly Torkunov and Ambassador Alexander Orlov, who is completing his term in France. The respective French representatives will be former Ambassador Pierre Morel and President of the French National Commission for Public Debate Christian Leyrit.

The two leaders also discussed issues on the international agenda, including the situation on the Korean Peninsula. They strongly condemned North Korea’s provocative activities, which have been conducted in gross violation of UN Security Council resolutions and global non-proliferation principles and are creating a serious threat to regional peace and security.

They pointed out that UN Security Council Resolution 2375, which was adopted unanimously on September 11, provided a commensurate response to Pyongyang’s irresponsible actions.

The presidents of Russia and France expressed a common opinion that any further escalation of tensions on the Korean Peninsula would be unacceptable. They pointed out that this is fraught with grave consequences and that this complicated problem should be settled exclusively by political and diplomatic means, including the resumption of direct talks.

When discussing the internal Ukrainian crisis, Mr. Putin and Mr. Macron pointed out the importance of full and unconditional compliance with the agreements reached by the conflicting parties, including the so-called school truce, which has been coordinated by the Contact Group and supported by the Normandy Format leaders. Vladimir Putin urged Emmanuel Macron to support the Russian initiative on establishing a UN mission to provide security for the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (OSCE SMM) in southeast Ukraine.

The leaders held an in-depth exchange of opinions on the situation in Syria. The President of Russia updated his French colleague on the Syrian armed forces’ achievements in the fight against terrorism, which have been made with support from Russia’s Aerospace Forces. It was pointed out that the international community must consolidate its efforts to finally eradicate the seat of terrorism in Syria. The presidents also discussed some aspects of the work that is underway in Astana to create and ensure the operation of de-escalation zones.

Both sides pointed out that further efforts must be taken to promote a political settlement of the Syrian crisis. They expressed readiness to build up Russian-French coordination, including within the framework of the UN-led process in Geneva. Emmanuel Macron also advocated the French proposal for a contact group on Syria composed of permanent members of the UN Security Council and other countries that can facilitate normalization in the Syrian Arab Republic.

The presidents have agreed to step up contacts on the international and bilateral agendas at the top and other levels.

President Putin met with permanent members of the Security Council

Vladimir Putin held a meeting with permanent members of the Security Council to discuss the situation in Syria, North Korea and the domestic agenda.

Vladimir Putin at a meeting with permanent members of Security Council.
Vladimir Putin at a meeting with permanent members of Security Council.
Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu updated the meeting participants on the results of recent contacts with the top leadership of the Syrian Arab Republic (Mr. Shoigu met with President Bashar al-Assad upon instructions from the President of Russia). Meeting participants also discussed the operation of the existing de-escalation zones and the creation of one more zone in Syria.

They exchanged opinions regarding the situation on the Korean Peninsula in the context of North Korea’s latest missile launch.


The meeting was attended by:
  • Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev
  • Chief of Staff of the Presidential Executive Office Anton Vaino
  • Federation Council Speaker Valentina Matviyenko
  • State Duma Speaker Vyacheslav Volodin
  • Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev
  • Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu
  • Interior Minister Vladimir Kolokoltsev
  • Director of the Foreign Intelligence Service Sergei Naryshkin

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Vladimir Putin held a meeting with permanent members of the Security Council to discuss the situation in Syria and North Korea.
Vladimir Putin held a meeting with permanent members of the Security Council to discuss the situation in Syria and North Korea.
Before a meeting with permanent members of the Security Council. Head of the Foreign Intelligence Service Sergei Naryshkin.
Before a meeting with permanent members of the Security Council. Head of the Foreign Intelligence Service Sergei Naryshkin.
Before a meeting with permanent members of the Security Council. Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu.
Before a meeting with permanent members of the Security Council. Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu.
Before a meeting with permanent members of the Security Council. Interior Minister Vladimir Kolokoltsev.
Before a meeting with permanent members of the Security Council. Interior Minister Vladimir Kolokoltsev.