The European Union has decided not to immediately impose new sanctions on Russia over the Ukrainian crisis, saying the picture on the ground remains “mixed.”
Ambassadors from the 28-nation bloc discussed the issue at a meeting in Brussels on July 1.
However, EU diplomats were quoted as saying the governments decided that "the preparation of sanctions will be intensified."
One source said the ambassadors will convene again on July 7 to discuss the situation.
Sources said EU experts were working on sanctions targeting specific people or companies.
On June 27, EU leaders gave Russia three days to change policy on Ukraine or face the prospect of tougher sanctions.
The EU has so far imposed measures targeting some 60 people in Russia and Ukraine with asset freezes and travel bans, as well as two energy companies in Crimea.