The Russian Foreign Ministry said on Saturday sanctions imposed by the European Union on 12 Russians and Ukrainians on Friday over Crimea were "divorced from reality".
"It's a pity that the European Council made a decision that is divorced from reality," the ministry's spokesman Alexander said in a statement on the ministry's website.
In a separate statement, the ministry said Moscow
hoped the decision to send to Ukraine
a monitoring mission of the Organisation for Security
and Co-operation in Europe
would help resolve what it called an "internal Ukrainian crisis".