US official apologises for 'f*** the EU' comment - audio

Assistant secretary of state, Victoria Nuland, apologises to EU counterparts for 'undiplomatic language'

LAST UPDATED AT 10:39 ON Fri 7 Feb 2014

THE United States has issued a humiliating apology after a senior official was heard to say "f*** the EU" in an apparently leaked private phone conversation with the US ambassador to Ukraine.

The alleged phone call between Victoria Nuland, the assistant secretary of state, and the US ambassador to Ukraine, Geoffrey Pyatt, was released on YouTube on Thursday. The candid chat is thought to have been conducted on an unencrypted line, which led to its interception.

Moscow has accused the US of meddling in the internal affairs of the sovereign former-Soviet state, which Russia hopes to keep within its economic orbit, Reuters reports. The Kremlin went so far as to suggest that the conversation was evidence that the US may be attempting to foment a coup within Ukraine.

In the conversation, the two voices are heard discussing possible candidates from the Ukrainian opposition who might succeed Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych if demonstrations manage to topple the current regime.

"I don't think Klitsch (Klitschko) should go into the government," the voice, believed to be Nuland, can be heard saying in the recording.

The US described the interception as "a new low in Russian tradecraft", tacitly implying that Russia is behind both the interception of the call and its publication.

White House spokesman Jay Carney said: "Since the video was first noted and tweeted out by the Russian government, I think it says something about Russia's role.”

Washington had previously accused Russia of intervening in Ukraine, by using its economic leverage to try to convince President Yanukovych to break from Brussels.

Nuland paid a visit to demonstrators in Independence Square in December last year to sign a document in support of the popular demonstration. At one point in the call, a voice that sounds like Nuland says that UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon's plan to appoint the Dutch Ambassador to Kiev, Robert Serry, as his representative to Ukraine may helpful, while suggesting that the EU's approach to date has been insufficient.

"That would be great I think to help glue this thing and have the UN glue it and you know, f*** the EU," she says.

White House officials have not disputed the authenticity of the phone call. State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki fell short of confirming the leaked video's legitimacy but said: "I didn't say it was inauthentic." She added that Nuland "has been in contact with her EU counterparts and of course has apologised for these reported comments". · 

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Are all US politicians and diplomats morons,it would certainly appear so,leaks everywhere and they ferment revolution on an unencrypted phone line,they may be the most powerful nation on earth but they are also the most arrogant and stupid.

Why apologise?

Ms Newland is supposed to be working in the best interests of her nation & the US taxpayer. I wish our windbags in Westminster & Whitehall did the same for us.

"The US described the interception as "a new low in Russian tradecraft"
Because they caught them?

Hi,
US official apologises for 'f*** the EU' comment – audio. Barbecued ruff justice American style. After the NSA scandal this just shows America communications are being bugged.

DD We must get closer to Europe. This isolationist ideology will be the ruination of this country, our politicians need to learn and use the YES word.

well, this is interesting on so many levels....The EU includes to some extent the UK, so what has happened to the "Special Relationship" (hahaha LOL). And it was on an unencrypted line...after Snowden? Its like they WANTED this to come out

No need to apologise. It sums up what millions of us already think.

...nothing to apologise for!

Les - they are both naive and mendacious - but they are NOT clever! Neither are they burdened with too many scruples.

The only exports from the US that I can think of are Political Correctness, Compensation Culture and violent films. Certainly not any wider culture!

Oh yes! Lest I forget - unrest in the Middle East and the Arab world in general, plus their naive and deadly support for the IRA via that despicable US "aid" agency NORAID (for which read arms and financial support to the Provisional IRA - a terrorist organisation fighting Britain, America's "closest ally" - beggars belief really.

...and know!

...oh yes! I forgot - unrest in the Middle East and the Arab world in general.

...a case of "the biter bit"!

Vote UKIP in the forthcoming EU elections.

If Wikilewaks did nowt else, it showed the clay feet of our soi disant betters. Having established this, can we now proceed like adults, meaning what we say, saying what we mean?
When secrecy intrudes, there better be a good reason for it and NOT one decided by the complicit.

USA-arrogance doesn't match anymore with declining USA-power. That's the bottom of this trivial incident.

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