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: Effective border controls are needed

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has said the only effective instrument for ending bloodshed in eastern Ukraine was effective border controls, with Russia and halting arms supplies to the rebels and releasing prisoners of war.

Russian President Vladimir Putin, Belarus' Alexander Lukashenko and Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko. Credit: REUTERS/Grigory Dukor

Speaking at a summit in the Belarus capital Minsk, Poroshenko said all those involved wanted to emerge with dignity from the Ukrainian crisis and that he would listen to all options in a bid to bring peace.

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