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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 and Lavrov begin Ukraine crisis talks in Paris

US Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov have begun the latest round of Ukraine crisis talks.

The pair appeared before reporters for a ceremonial handshake before heading off to renew their discussions.

John Kerry and Sergei Lavrov made no comment to reporters before beginning the talks in Paris. Credit: RTV

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