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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Russia and US will work with Ukraine to solve crisis

Russian Foreign minister Sergei Lavrov has said that Moscow and Washington have agreed to work with the Ukrainian government and the country's people to overcome the crisis, after meeting US Secretary of State John Kerry in Paris, Russian agencies reported.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (L) shakes hands with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov Credit: Reuters

"We have agreed to work with the Ukrainian government and people to achieve progress in rights of minorities and linguistic rights," Lavrov told reporters.

He also said Russia and the United States agreed it was necessary to seek "points of tangency" in order to reach a common position on the diplomatic resolution of the crisis.

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