Putin, Security Council Discuss Operation in Ukraine, Finland’s, Sweden’s NATO Accession

Russian President Vladimir Putin discussed the progress of the special military operation in Ukraine, potential threats from Finland’s and Sweden’s decision to join NATO and a number of other topics with the permanent members of the Russian Security Council, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov announced Friday.

“Along with ongoing issues, Defense Minister [Sergey] Shoigu informed the participants about the progress of the special military operation,” the spokesman said.

“[The participants] had an exchange of opinions regarding the decision of Finland and Sweden to join NATO and the threats for Russia’s security it causes,” Peskov noted. “They also touched upon a number of issues within the context of the upcoming CSTO Summit Monday,” the spokesman added.

The meeting was attended by Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu, Security Council Deputy head Dmitry Medvedev, Kremlin Administration head Anton Vayno, Minister of the Interior Vladimir Kolokoltsev, Federal Security Service Director Alexander Bortnikov, Foreign Intelligence Service Sergey Naryshkin, and Special Presidential Representative on environmental protection, ecology and transportation Sergey Ivanov.

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