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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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Kerry hopes Crimea will not impact Russia's Syria role

John Kerry has suggested Vladimir Putin may have annexed Crimea because he was "angry about the end of the Cold War". Credit: Reuters/Yuri Gripas

US Secretary of State John Kerry has said he hopes the current situation in Crimea will not have an impact on cooperation with Russia over the ongoing destruction of Syria's chemical weapons.

Mr Kerry also said the US is "convinced" that the Syria could move faster on the destruction programme than it is currently.

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