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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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Russian embassy: 'British side should mind its language'

The Russian embassy in London has warned the "British side should mind its language" following a tweet yesterday by the UK embassy in Moscow on Russia's annexation of the Crimea region in Ukraine:

The Russian embassy responded:

In a statement on its site, the Russian embassy described the British tweet as "harsh rhetoric, quite beyond the pale".

It added: "As is known, the British sense of style doomed Sir Oswald Mosley’s guys."

Their tweet linking to the statement has also been retweeted by Russia's foreign ministry.

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