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Putin, Security Council discuss economic situation, anti-corruption efforst, SPIEF

June 03, 16:52 UTC+3 MOSCOW
The Russian president has also introduced the new director of the Federal Guard Service
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© Alexei Druzhinin/Russian Presidential Press and Information Office/TASS

MOSCOW, June 3. /TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin met with permanent members of the Russian Security Council to discuss preparations for the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF), the situation in the Russian economy and anti-corruption efforts. Apart from that, he introduced the new director of the Federal Guard Service (FSO), presidential press secretary Dmitry Peskov said on Friday.

FSO’s new director

The service’s newly appointed director, Dmitry Kochnev, took part in the meeting.

"The president introduced Dmitry Kochnev, the new director of the Federal Guard Service, to the permanent members of the Russian Security Council," Peskov said.

Kochnev was appointed to his present post by a presidential decree of May 26, 2016 to supersede Yevgeny Murov, who has been the service’s director since 2000.

Before the current appointment, Kochnev was deputy director of the Russian President’s Security Service.

Economic situation

Special attention was focused on economic issues.

"Participants in the meeting discussed further steps to stabilize the Russian economy in the follow-up of the discussion launched at a recent session of the presidential economic council," Peskov said.

The presidium of the economic council under the Russian president held its meeting after a long break on May 25, 2016 to discuss ways of further development of the Russian economy. Experts and government officials expressed their visions of necessary steps.

Another topic at Putin’s meeting with permanent members of the Russian Security Council was preparations for the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum. "Participants in the meeting discussed preparations for the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum and the president’s forthcoming contacts with leaders of foreign delegations and big foreign investors who have confirmed their participation in the forum," Peskov said.

The St. Petersburg International Economic Forum will be held in Russia’s second largest city of St. Petersburg on June 16-17, 2016. United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Jancker, President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev are expected to take part in the forum.

Anti-corruption efforts

According to the presidential spokesman, the agenda of the meeting included other issues. "Participants exchanged views on a number of subjects linked with anti-corruption efforts," he noted.

"Apart from that, participants discussed other current issues linked with international and regional problems," Peskov added.

Participants in the meeting

The meeting was attended by Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, speaker of both houses of the Russian parliament - Velantina Matviyenko of the Federation Council upper house and Sergei Baryshkin of the State Duma lower house, head of the Kremlin administration Sergei Ivanov, secretary of the Russian Security Council Nikolai Patrushev and his deputy Rashid Nurgaliyev, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, director of the Federal Security Service Alexander Bortnikov and director of the Foreign Intelligence Service Mikhail Fradkov.

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