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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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US: Crimea treaty 'a threat to international peace'

The US has condemned Russian President Vladimir Putin's attempt to formally annex Ukraine's Crimea region, calling it "a threat to international peace and security" and "against international law".

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney speaking at the press briefing today. Credit: RTV

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney told reporters: "We condemn Russia's moves to formally annex the Crimean region of Ukraine.

"We would not recognise this attempted annexation. As we have said, there are costs for such action".

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