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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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Russia: Kiev's Nato ambitions undermine peace efforts

Ukrainian moves to seek Nato membership are "aimed at undermining efforts to end the war in the east of the country," Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said.

Sergei Lavrov Credit: AA / TT/TT News Agency/Press Association Images

Mr Lavrov said last week's move by Kiev came shortly after a meeting of the Russian and Ukrainian leaders to seek to defuse the crisis.

So the party of peace was trying, and is still trying, to advance a negotiated political settlement of all the fundamental questions Ukrainians face, and in Kiev, the party of war is taking steps clearly aimed at undermining these efforts.

– Sergei Lavrov, Russian Foreign Minister

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