EU gives Geneva deal a chance before adopting new Russia sanctions
EU foreign ministers agreed on April 14 to step up sanctions by expanding their list of 33 people targeted with asset freezes and visa bans for their roles in Moscow's seizure and annexation of Crimea from Ukraine in February.
But so far, although EU officials have been drawing up new names that could be added to the list, no decisions have been taken.
EU diplomats said the reason was that the bloc wanted to allow time to see if an agreement reached in Geneva last week would work.
For the same reason, the EU has not moved any closer to imposing stricter trade and financial sanctions on Russia to punish it for its annexation of Crimea and what Western officials say is its destabilisation of eastern Ukraine.
"We are still thinking about giving the Geneva accord a little bit more time," one diplomat said.
"Clearly throughout this discussion, what happens in terms of sanctions is very much dependent on what is happening on the ground in Ukraine," he told reporters.
EU officials would not say how long they would give the Geneva agreement to work before fresh sanctions came back on the table.
Countries were given until Tuesday to respond to the Commission, which will then tailor the package so that a decision can be taken by EU leaders if the situation in Ukraine worsens.