Russian President Vladimir Putin on July 17 held a meeting with the permanent members of the Russian Security Council, his press secretary Dmitry Peskov said.
"[The attendees] touched upon the subject of the Iranian nuclear dossier and emphasized once again that the finalizing of the agreement became possible largely thanks to the leading role and constructive position of the U.S.," Peskov said.
"Putin also informed the permanent members of the Security Council of his telephone contacts of the past week, in particular, with U.S. President Barack Obama, Finnish President Sauli Niinisto and Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte," Peskov said.
"As well as discussing the current foreign-policy and domestic socio-economic agenda, the meeting attendees exchanged their views on progress in the implementation of the Minsk agreements, including on the subject of a bill passed by the Ukrainian Verkhovna Rada yesterday conforming to the provisions of these agreements," the spokesman said.
A day earlier the Ukrainian parliament voted for changes to the country's Fundamental Law concerning decentralization to be sent to the Constitutional Court. The document stipulates no special status for the relevant areas of Donbass.
The meeting was attended by Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, Russian presidential administration chief Sergei Ivanov, State Duma Speaker Sergei Naryshkin, Defense Mnister Sergei Shoigu, Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev, Interior Minister Vladimir Kolokoltsev, Federal Security Service chief Alexander Bortnikov, Foreign Intelligence Service chief Mikhail Fradkov, Russian Security Council Deputy Secretary Rashid Nurgaliyev, and Boris Gryzlov, a member of the Russian Security Council.
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