European Union leaders met from 14:30 GMT in Brussels to discuss a new response to block the Russian intervention in the Ukrainian region of Crimea.

The German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, said that the EU leaders would agree to new sanctions against Moscow.

Merkel said before the Parliament of her country that Russia’s actions meant that the G-8 (composed of Germany, Canada, France, United States, Italy, Japan, United Kingdom and Russia) no longer existed.

Meanwhile, the Swedish Foreign Minister, Carl Bildt, told the BBC that the EU should offer clear support to Ukraine because the objective of Russia was not Crimea but power in Kiev.