Putin touts cooperation with ex-Soviet states in Security Council meeting

Russian President Vladimir Putin told members of his Security Council that their video meeting on Monday should discuss the benefits of cooperation among former Soviet states.

The meeting is usually held on a Friday but was brought forward for undisclosed reasons.

"We and the republics of the former Soviet Union have a whole range of significant competitive advantages," Putin told the meeting, which was attended by top members of his cabinet, in televised opening remarks.

"Let's talk about this today, about what more can and should be done in order to achieve better results in our joint work."

Since Russia invaded Ukraine last year, Moscow's ex-Soviet neighbors have become vital economic partners as it grapples with Western trade sanctions.

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