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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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Hammond: Nato must show 'will to fight back'

UK Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said Nato needs to show a political will to fight back if Russia was to attack any of the alliance's members.

Mr Hammond said Nato leaders needed to make clear there was a "red line" around the 28 member states which could not be crossed.

Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond Credit: PA Wire

His comments come ahead of a Nato summit in Wales this week.

Meanwhile, several former Eastern bloc member states - such as Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania - warned they could be the next target of Russian aggression following Moscow's incursions into eastern Ukraine.

Estonian President said there should be a permanent Nato base in his country's territory.

Under the Nato treaty, the whole alliance would be obliged to defend any member state if they came under an attack.

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