On the afternoon of 15 March 2018, President Vladimir Putin convened the Russian National Security Council to analyse the following:
• the successes on record in Eastern Ghouta (Syria);
• the dismissal of the US Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson; and
• the attack made by the coalition (comprised of the United Kingdom, France, United States and Germany) on Russia regarding the attack on a former Russian spy resident in the United Kingdom (Salisbury, England).
The directors of the Russian Intelligence Services, Alexander Bortnikov (FSB) and Sergey Narychkine (SRV), have presented their analysis of events to the Russian Security Council.