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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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Fireworks over Moscow to celebrate Crimea treaty

The evening sky in the Russian capital has been lit up by fireworks after a internationally condemned treaty approving the annexing of Ukraine's Crimea region was passed into law by President Vladimir Putin.

The displays in Moscow mirrored similar celebrations in Crimea. Credit: RTV
Russia's upper house earlier unanimously approved a treaty on annexing Crimea. Credit: RTV
Repeated fireworks exploded over the city every 15 seconds. Credit: RTV

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