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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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Obama: No settlement as Russia 'disguises its troops'

US President Barack Obama said no settlement will be possible as long as Russia continues to send troops to Ukraine "disguised as separatists".

Obama said during a press conference in Estonia: "We have consistently supported the effort of President Poroshenko to achieve a meaningful ceasefire that could lead to a political settlement of the conflict.

"So far it hasn't helped, either because Russia hasn't been serious about it or has pretended that it's not controlling the separatists."

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