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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Protests set against upcoming Nato summit in Wales

Protests are expected this afternoon in south Wales ahead of a Nato summit later this week.

The Stop the War Coalition's 'No to Nato' demonstration is set to go on until the end of the summit, which runs over September 4th and 5th.

The Stop the War website says the 60 leaders, including President Obama, are meeting to "plan their war on the world".

It is expected that the crisis in Ukraine and how to respond to alleged Russian aggression in the region will be high on the agenda at the summit.

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