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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 hopeful Russia can still host 2018 World Cup

Russia will host the football World Cup in four years' time. Credit: PA

President Vladimir Putin said he hoped Russia would not lose the right to hold the 2018 World Cup, following calls to strip Russia of the contest.

Asked whether there were any risks Russia could lose its right to hold the tournament due to the "complicated political situation", Putin said: "I hope not. Fifa has already said soccer and sport are outside politics and I think that is the right approach."

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