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Russia says EU 'against peace' as US backs new sanctions

The Russian Foreign Ministry said the European Union has "made its choice against" a peace process in Ukraine by approving tougher sanctions against Russia.

President Barack Obama said the United States will join the EU in imposing sanctions on Russia's financial, energy and defence sectors after Moscow sent troops into eastern Ukraine last month.

David Cameron has spoken to European leaders and agreed to push ahead with the sanctions by the end of the week, his spokesman has confirmed.

After the announcement the Russian rouble reached a new historic low against the dollar.

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Putin arrives in Belarus ahead of summit meeting

Russian President Vladimir Putin has arrived in Belarus ahead of a summit with Ukraine and members of the European Union.

Russian President Vladimir Putin waves upon his arrival at an airport outside Minsk. Credit: REUTERS/Vasily Fedosenko

Putin and his Ukrainian counterpart Petro Poroshenko are expected to hold rare talks on the ongoing Ukraine crisis during the summit.

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