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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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Ceasefire 'not enough' to allow delivery of warship

France has suspended delivery of two warships to Russia amid security concerns about Moscow's actions in neighbouring Ukraine, the office of the French president has said.

A Mistral-class helicopter carrier. Credit: Reuters/Stephane Mahe

The Vladivostok, the first of two Mistral-class helicopter carriers ordered by Russia, was to be delivered by late October. Despite talk today of a possible ceasefire in Ukraine, Mr Hollande said that is not enough to allow France to authorise the delivery of the warship.

After President Francois Hollande convened a special defence panel, a day before the start of a Nato summit, his office described the fighting in Ukraine "grave" and said Russia's recent actions in eastern Ukraine harm "the foundations of security in Europe".

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