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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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Estonia: Russia 'must admit it is party to Ukraine conflict'

Russia "must admit" that it is party to the Ukraine conflict and take genuine steps that will lead to a de-escalation of the conflict, the Estonian president has said.

Estonian President Toomas Hendrick with US President Barack Obama. Credit: RTV

"Estonia takes its Nato commitments very seriously" Toomas Hendrick added.

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