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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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Lavrov warning over Ukraine's Nato membership bid

Russia's foreign minister Sergei Lavrov has warned that Ukraine's bid to join Nato could "derail" the peace process in the east of the country.

Ukraine's government wants to join the defence alliance but some sections of its population, including its Russian-speaking minority, are opposed.

“This is an obvious attempt to derail all efforts to initiate a dialogue aimed at providing national security," Lavrov is quoted as saying by a Russian news agency.

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