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Putin says Russia is open to diplomacy but won't compromise on its security

'Our country is always open to a direct and honest dialogue and ready to search for diplomatic solutions to the most complicated issues,' says Putin

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President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday that Russia was always open to diplomacy but put its own national security interests first and would continue to strengthen its military in the face of what he called a difficult international situation.

Putin, speaking in a video statement released to coincide with the annual Defender of the Fatherland Day, did not mention his standoff with the West over Ukraine which has seen Western sanctions imposed on Russia after he decided to recognise the independence of two breakaway Ukrainian regions.

But he used the appearance to send a message to the West about his stance over

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First Published: Feb 23 2022 | 5:44 PM IST

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