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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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Deploying troops as warning to Russia 'not necessary'

The Prime Minister has told ITV News the former head of the British Army's call to deploy thousands of British soldiers in Germany as a warning to Russia was "not necessary".

Lord Dannatt called for a deployment of 3,000 troops to send a message to the Kremlin that the UK takes the protection of its allies seriously after the annexation of Crimea.

David Cameron said he is determined to send a "very clear message" that Britain believes in the security of its Nato partners.

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