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Lavrov calls for 'de-escalation of rhetoric' over Ukraine

Russian troops near the Ukrainian border will return to its permanent bases after completing its military exercises, Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has said, calling for a "de-escalation" of rhetoric.

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Putin signs treaty to make Crimea part of Russia

President Putin signs at Crimea treaty at the Russian parliament. Credit: RTV

President Vladimir Putin and two Crimean leaders have signed a treaty that makes Ukraine's Crimea region part of Russia.

The signing follows a speech by the president to the Russian parliament.

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