The Russian President Vladimir Putin has addressed his nation and said they are still open for “honest dialogue” with diplomacy but he will put their national security first.
Putin said Russia will continue to build up their military as the “security of our people are unconditional.”
The Kremlin released a video statement to commemorate the annual Defender of the Fatherland Day and indirectly gave Ukraine a hidden message that they are willing to “search for diplomatic solutions.”
Putin said, “Our country is always open to a direct and honest dialogue and ready to search for diplomatic solutions to the most complicated issues,” he said.
“But I want to repeat that Russia’s interests and the security of our people are unconditional.
“So, we will continue to strengthen and modernise our army and navy.”
The Russian President added, “We can see the difficult international situation and the threats posed by current challenges, such as the erosion of the arms control system and NATO’s military activities.
“And yet, Russia’s appeals to build a system based on equal and indivisible security that would reliably defend all countries, remain unanswered.”
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