'Some undiplomatic language by the top U.S. diplomat for Europe has rattled relations with the European Union and added more tension to the East-West strains over Ukraine’s political crisis.
“F--k the EU,” Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland said in a private phone call expressing frustration with European Union efforts to resolve Ukraine’s political turmoil.
On the eve of Russia’s showcase Olympics in Sochi, the U.S. suggested today that Moscow’s intelligence apparatus was responsible for the leaked tape of the intercepted phone call, apparently made last month, between Nuland and U.S. ambassador to Ukraine Geoffrey Pyatt.
State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki blamed Russian “tradecraft” -- a word used to describe espionage activity -- after an unknown individual posted the audio recording on Google Inc.’s (GOOG) YouTube. The clip, subtitled in Russian rather than Ukrainian and accompanied by photographs and images of people mentioned in the call, was reported earlier today by the Kyiv Post earlier today as Nuland arrived for talks in the Ukrainian capital.
While saying the U.S. doesn’t know who recorded the call or posted it, Psaki said an aide to Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin was the first to draw attention to it in a posting on Twitter Inc. (TWTR) The aide, Dmitry Loskutov, tweeted in English: “Sort of controversial judgment from Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland speaking about the EU.”
“We think this is a new low in Russian tradecraft, in terms of publicizing, posting,” Psaki told reporters today in Washington.
Psaki didn’t dispute the authenticity of the recording and said Nuland has called EU officials to apologize. Psaki joked that those who know her aren’t surprised by her language in private conversations..'
Intercepted Phone Call Shows U.S. Role in Ukraine - Bloomberg