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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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Russia 'could be expelled from Council of Europe'

Dominic Grieve says "nothing is ruled out" in response to Russia's movements in eastern Ukraine. Credit: Lewis Whyld/PA Archive/

Britain could move to expel Russia from the Council of Europe in response to any further incursions in eastern Ukraine, the Attorney General has said.

Speaking in the House of Commons, Dominic Grieve said "nothing is ruled out at all" when asked whether Russia could be thrown out of the organisation of 47 member states that have signed up to the European Court of Human Rights.

Mr Grieve said Russia had been "tearing up the rulebook" in its annexation of Crimea.

The Prime Minister had vowed to look at a "range of sanctions and responses" to further Russian moves in the region, he added.

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