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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: Moscow cannot stand aside in Ukraine crisis

President Vladimir Putin said Moscow could not stand aside when people were being shot at in Ukraine, he told Russia's state TV Channel 1 in an interview.

Vladimir Putin Credit: Reuters

It must be borne in mind that Russia cannot stand aside when people are being shot at almost at point blank.

– Vladimir Putin

Mr Putin also said ending the crisis was down to "the political will of the current Ukrainian authorities".

The West has accused Moscow of supporting pro-Russian separatists who are fighting Ukrainian government forces in the east of the country.

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