Russian Deputy Foreign Minister and State Secretary Grigory Karasin believes that it is inappropriate to put forth any demands on Ukraine at the moment.

"It is difficult for me to comment on the remarks of the French minister. I have not seen them yet. But the word "demand" is hardly appropriate in this situation," Karasin told Interfax over the phone from Kiev, when commenting on French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius's statement that the European Union would soon demand that the Ukrainian authorities call new elections.

Statements made by Ukraine's Western partners are "often one-sided and make no difference between the legitimately elected authorities and the Maidan's brazen hooligans," the deputy minister said.

"I do not know how this could have happened. Such language is hardly acceptable for any self-respecting country," Karasin said.

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