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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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Minister urges Europeans to eat fruit to offset sanctions

Europeans should eat more fruit and vegetables to make up for Russian restrictions on food imports from Western countries, Germany's agriculture minister said.

"Eat! You should eat, I should eat, we should eat," the minister, Christian Schmidt, told German radio.

Europeans should eat more fruit and vegetable, a German minister said. Credit: PA

In a tit for tat move, Russia imposed one-year embargo on nearly all food imports from the EU, the US, Canada, Australia, Norway and Australia.

"You cannot lament the fact that there is lots of fruit and then not eat fruit, that much is obvious," Schmidt said in the interview with Deutschlandfunk.

The EU has introduced measures to help some European farmers affected by the ban.

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