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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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Ban Ki-moon: Ukraine crisis poses great risks

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has said tension between Ukraine and Russia poses "great risks to the countries themselves and beyond" following a meeting with President Putin.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon meets with President Putin. Credit: Reuters

"I have emphasised that all parties (should) refrain from any hasty or provocative actions that could further exacerbate the already very tense and very volatile situation," Ban said.

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