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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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Ukraine president arrives in Belarus ahead of summit

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has arrived in Belarus ahead of a summit with Russia and members of the European Union.

Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko takes part in a traditional bread and salt ceremony upon his arrival at an airport outside Minsk. Credit: REUTERS/Vasily Fedosenk

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Poroshenko are expected to hold rare talks on the ongoing Ukraine crisis during the summit.

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