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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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Germany warns Ukraine crisis 'must not divide Europe'

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier has warned the international community must not allow the Ukraine-Russia crisis to create a new division of Europe.

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier speaking in Ukraine's capital Kiev. Credit: RTV

Speaking at a briefing in Kiev after talks with Ukraine's Prime Minister Arsenyi Yatsenyuk, Steinmeier said he hoped the first OSCE monitors would arrive in Ukraine to support de-escalation efforts in the next couple of days.

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