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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John McCain among Americans banned from Russia

Former US presidential candidate Senator John McCain and Speaker of the House of Representatives John Boehner are among the nine Americans banned from Russia under sanctions imposed by Moscow.

Russia announced sanctions against US officials in retaliation against US visa bans and asset freezes.

White House Correspondent for CQ Roll Call Steven Dennis tweeted the full list of Americans who have been banned by Russia:

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