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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Obama holds talks with Baltic leaders over Ukraine

President Obama is in Estonia for talks with Baltic leaders about the crisis in Ukraine.

The leaders of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania are reportedly concerned about possible Russian aggression following the recent intervention in Ukraine.

President Obama arriving in Estonia this morning. Credit: RTV

Mr Obama will then travel to the Nato summit in south Wales where leaders from the military alliance are expected to support a new rapid-reaction force to respond to any Russian action in eastern Europe.

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