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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 calls Russian troop buildup near border unusual

US President Barack Obama has said the buildup of Russian troops on the Ukraine border was out of the ordinary and called on Moscow to pull its military back.

US President Barack Obama pictured as he departed Italy today. Credit: AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais

Obama told CBS show This Morning while in Vatican City, "You've seen a range of troops massing along that border under the guise of military exercises. But these are not what Russia would normally be doing."

He said although the move might be nothing more than an attempt to intimidate Ukraine, "It may be that they've got additional plans," the President added.

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