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Russia's interests 'non******
Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday that Moscow was ready to look for "diplomatic solutions" amid raging tensions with the West over Ukraine but stressed that the country's interests were non-negotiable.
"Our country is always open for direct and honest dialogue, for the search for diplomatic solutions to the most complex problems," Putin said in a video address to mark the Defender of the Fatherland Day, a public holiday in Russia.
But he added: "The interests of Russia, the security of our citizens, are non-negotiable for us."
Putin spoke after parliament's upper house, the Federation Council, on Tuesday gave him unanimous approval to deploy "peacekeepers" to two breakaway Ukrainian regions now recognized by Moscow as independent.
In the video address, Putin congratulated the country's men and said he was certain of the "professionalism" of the Russian military and that they will stand up for the country's national interests.
He praised the battle-readiness of the Russian army and said the country would continue to develop state-of-the-art weapons.
"We will continue to develop advanced weapon systems, including hypersonic and those based on new physical principles, and expand the use of advanced digital technologies and elements of artificial intelligence," Putin added. "Such complexes are truly the weapons of the future, which significantly increase the combat potential of our armed forces."
Chinese shares open higher Tuesday******
BEIJING, Oct. 26 (Xinhua) -- Chinese stocks opened higher on Tuesday, with the benchmark Shanghai Composite Index up 0.08 percent to open at 3,612.83 points.
The Shenzhen Component Index opened 0.43 percent higher at 14,658.99 points. Enditem