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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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Russian minister banned from flying over Poland

Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu was forced to land in Slovakia after Poland refused to allow his plane to fly into their airspace after it changed its flight status from civil to military.

Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu was forced to return to Slovakia where he had attended an anti-Nazi ceremony. Credit: Reuters

Poland's air navigation authority said it will grant permission for the minister to fly over if the plane changes its status back to non-military.

He has been offered transit to the Russian embassy in the country's capital Bratislava.

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