25 Jul 2018 20:57

Putin, Security Council discuss upcoming BRICS summit, socio-economic issues

MOSCOW. July 25 (Interfax) - Russian President Vladimir Putin held a regular meeting with permanent members of the Russian Security Council on Wednesday, the presidential press service reported.

"The issues related to the BRICS summit (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa), which will open in Johannesburg on July 26, and upcoming international contacts of the president on its sidelines were discussed at the meeting," the press service reported.

"Pressing issues of the Russian internal socio-economic agenda were also addressed," the Kremlin added.

The meeting was attended by Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, speakers of both houses of parliament Valentina Matviyenko and Vyacheslav Volodin, Chief of the Presidential Administration Anton Vaino, Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, Federal Security Service Director Alexander Bortnikov and Foreign Intelligence Service Director Sergei Naryshkin.