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US diplomat's EU expletive 'absolutely unacceptable': Merkel

Published on Feb 7, 2014 9:05 PM

BERLIN (AFP) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel sees as "absolutely unacceptable" a top US diplomat's use of the f-word in commenting on the European Union's handling of the Ukraine crisis, her spokesman said on Friday.

"The chancellor considers this statement absolutely unacceptable ... and wants to emphasise again that (EU foreign policy chief Catherine) Ashton is doing an outstanding job," the spokesman said.

"The European Union will continue with its intensive efforts to calm the situation in Ukraine."

Washington's new top diplomat for Europe, Ms Victoria Nuland, apologised on Thursday for her comments.

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