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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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Hague: 'No evidence of troops pulling back from border'

Foreign Secretary William Hague has said that Nato has "not seen the evidence" of Russian forces pulling back from the Eastern border of Ukraine.

Nato foreign ministers have met in Brussels to discuss the Alliance’s response to Russia’s seizure of Crimea.

Hague is to continue discussions with Nato and foreign ministers on the situation in Crimea. Credit: REUTERS/Francois Lenoir

Hague also stated that Nato needed to give "reassurance and confidence to Eastern allies," with the UK already promising "fighter planes to the Baltic", among other measures.

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