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Cameron offers more Typhoons for Nato air mission

Britain will offer another two Typhoon warplanes to patrol the skies of eastern Europe amid continuing tensions with Russia over the Ukraine cris, David Cameron has said.

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EU states 'reach preliminary deal' on Russia sanctions

EU governments have reached a preliminary deal to expand the legal criteria for targeting people and companies with sanctions to pressure Russia over the Ukraine crisis, an unnamed diplomat told Reuters.

The decision should make it easier for the European Union to target Russian companies - something it has yet to do - but it needs formal backing during a meeting of EU foreign ministers on Monday.

Armed pro-Russia men point their weapons at a checkpoint near the town of Slaviansk,eastern Ukraine Credit: REUTERS/Baz Ratner

"We have political approval, and it will have to be rubber-stamped," the diplomat said. "New sanctions are likely on Monday."

The EU has already imposed asset freezes and visa bans on 48 Russians and Ukrainians over Moscow's annexation of Ukraine's Crimea region.

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