Russian troops 'will return to base after exercises end'

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.

According to Reuters, Mr Lavrov said that he is expecting answers from NATO on the military alliance's activity in Eastern Europe.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov calls for 'de-escalation' of rhetoric over Ukraine. Credit: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

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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.