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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: I hope common sense will prevail over sanctions

Russian President Vladimir Putin has said he "hopes common sense will prevail" in the West over sanctions imposed on his country.

European Union leaders have agreed to ask the European Commission to draw up more measures against Moscow after accusations Russia is sending troops into Ukrainian territory.

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