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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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Obama stands fast: 'This is not another Cold War'

US President Barack Obama has stated that Russia will not be pushed out of Ukraine's Crimea region by military means.

He said that "if the West stays united, Russians will realise they cannot achieve security through brute force."

Barack Obama stated that if Russia continues then isolation will deepen. Credit: REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

Obama said that if Russia stays on the current course then Russian isolation "will deepen."

He also stated that the Ukraine crisis "is not another cold war we are entering into."

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