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Top US diplomat for Europe says sorry for cursing the EU

Published on Feb 7, 2014 6:25 AM
 
US Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Victoria Nuland (centre) and US Ambassador Geoffrey Pyatt walk in the opposition camp at Independence Square in Kiev on Dec 10, 2013. Washington's new top diplomat for Europe, Victoria Nuland, apologised on Thursday to European Union (EU) counterparts after she was caught cursing about the European response to the crisis in Ukraine in a bugged phone call. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

WASHINGTON (AFP) - Washington's new top diplomat for Europe, Victoria Nuland, apologised on Thursday to European Union (EU) counterparts after she was caught cursing about the European response to the crisis in Ukraine in a bugged phone call.

"F*** the EU," Ms Nuland allegedly says in what appeared to be a recent phone call with United States (US) ambassador to Kiev, Geoff Pyatt, which was somehow intercepted and uploaded onto YouTube accompanied by Russian captions.

US officials, while not denying such a conversation took place, refused to go into details, and pointed the finger at Russia for allegedly bugging the diplomats' phones.

"Let me convey that she has been in contact with her EU counterparts, and of course has apologized," State Department spokesman Jen Psaki said.

 
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