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US apologizes to EU for remark in leaked call, blames Russia

Feb 7, 2014

The top US diplomat for Europe has apologized after being caught making a crude remark about the European Union, blaming Russia for taping and leaking the phone call.

Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Victoria Nuland apparently used the f-word when discussing the current political crisis in Ukraine in a private telephone call with Ambassador Geoffrey Pyatt.
"F*** the EU," Nuland allegedly said during the conversation which was uploaded onto YouTube on Tuesday.
Nuland "has been in contact with her EU counterparts, and of course, has apologized," State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki told reporters on Thursday.
The spokeswoman acknowledged that the recording was authentic and criticized the Russians for being quick to tweet a link to the recording.

Russia has criticized the West for meddling in Ukraine's internal affairs and fueling the crisis in the eastern European country.

“This is something [the Russian government] has been actively promoting, posting on, tweeting about and certainly that we feel represents a new low,” Psaki said.

Nuland apparently used the expletive while complaining about the EU response to the Ukrainian crisis which has pitted Russia against the West.

The leaked call has laid bare a deep degree of US involvement in Ukrainian affairs which Washington publically says are Ukraine’s to resolve.

The four-minute conversation was about a Jan. 25 offer by Ukranian President Viktor Yanukovich to two opposition leaders, who want him to sign a trade agreement with Europe, to become prime minister and deputy prime minister.

In the leaked recording, Nuland bluntly suggested she did not want to see opposition leader Vitali Klitschko join the government, and Pyatt agreed with her.

"I don't think Klitsch should go into the government," she apparently said.

"I think Yats is the guy who's got the economic experience, he's got the governing experience," she added, referring to Arseniy Yatsenyuk, who was offered the post of prime minister.

Ukraine has been rocked by anti-government protests since last November after President Yanukovich refrained from signing the EU deal, which could have paved the way for Kiev to join the bloc.


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Post time 2014-2-9 02:16:07 |Display all floors
From Australia:

Mr Ban Ki-Moon, the UN leader is also implicated in this mess, for anyone who has listened to the leaked audio, Mr Ban offered support to the US Stated Department in putting pressure on the Ukraine Government. How outrageous is that!

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Post time 2014-2-9 02:17:24 |Display all floors
Regula:

The US gov consistently denied that it was interfering in the internal affairs of Ukraine. The taped conversation proves that the US interfers in Ukraine - it can't deny it anymore. Equally telling is that the US wants to push and shove Ukraine into the EU - which clearly Nuland doesn't hold in very high esteem. So why should Ukraine associate with the EU, which will result in untold hardship in Ukraine? Russia will have to withdraw a good part of its heavy weapons industry currently done in Ukraine, which will add to already high unemployment in western Ukraine. Yatsenyuk didn't accept the post of prime minister - but if he becomes president, Russia will withhold the bailout - Ukraine will go bankrupt. The US wants to give Ukraine money, but only if it makes economic reforms i.e. accepts austerity, privatization. It will cause hardship and loss of gas transit income - the new president won't last very long. Which confirms that the US goal in Ukraine is permanent destabilization.

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Post time 2014-2-9 02:18:09 |Display all floors
Anon:

This woman is just another example of US arrogance. Remember Hilary Clinton bragging about the murder of Colonel Gaddafi? "We came, we saw, he died!" Arrogant and evil women serving in the US regime alongside their male counterparts.

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Post time 2014-2-9 02:19:00 |Display all floors
Park:

For the first time a US official has verbalized what’s always unspoken in their minds about the nations whom they don’t like. In this instance EU is composed of several nations, but only the Germans have protested. The Brits, the French and the rest of them have apparently accepted the insult.

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Post time 2014-2-9 02:20:01 |Display all floors
Park:

For the first time a US official has verbalized what’s always unspoken in their minds about the nations whom they don’t like. In this instance EU is composed of several nations, but only the Germans have protested. The Brits, the French and the rest of them have apparently accepted the insult.

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Post time 2014-2-9 02:22:14 |Display all floors
Robespierre:

Just think, this crisis in the Ukraine began with a small, C.I.A. "Rent a mob".

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