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Top US diplomat for Europe caught swearing about EU

Published on Feb 7, 2014 3:13 AM

WASHINGTON (AFP) - Washington's new top diplomat for Europe, Victoria Nuland, has been apparently caught being decidedly undiplomatic about her EU allies in a phone call about Ukraine posted Thursday on YouTube.

"**** the EU," Ms Nuland apparently says in a recent phone call with US ambassador to Kiev, Geoff Pyatt, as they discuss the next moves to try to resolve the crisis amid weeks of pro-democracy protests which have rocked the country.

The call appears to have been intercepted and released on the social networking video site, accompanied by Russian captions of the private and candid conversation.

Although the State Department did not immediately respond to an AFP request for comment, White House spokesman Jay Carney alleged that the fact that it had been "tweeted out by the Russian government, it says something about Russia's role." It was impossible to immediately verify the undated post, although the woman speaking sounds like Ms Nuland, who served previously as the State Department's top spokeswoman before becoming assistant sectretary for European and Eurasian affairs late last year.

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