The countries of the European Union have no plans for the time being to expel Russian officials.
They are “unanimous” behind the Czech Republic, which on Saturday expelled 18 Russians because Russia allegedly had a hand in the sabotage of an ammunition depot.
The Czech Republic has not asked other member states to take similar measures, says EU foreign chief Josep Borrell.
For the time being, there will also be no new sanctions against Russia for the way Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny is being treated or for the contraction of 150,000 soldiers on the Ukrainian border.
“Things can change, but the situation is now like this,” said Borrell after discussions with EU foreign ministers.
The situation in Ukraine is “clearly very worrisome”. Never before have there been so many Russian troops on the border with Ukraine, according to Borrell. “That has to stop.”