State Department Official: ‘F — the EU’

The comment came during a private conversation that’s gone viral.

U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland (L) and U.S. ambassador to Ukraine Geoffrey Payette in the Independence Square in Kiev.
National Journal
Jordain Carney
Feb. 6, 2014, 9:16 a.m.

A seni­or State De­part­ment of­fi­cial, and former spokes­per­son, has some choice words for her European coun­ter­parts: “Fuck the EU.”

Those com­ments came dur­ing what ap­pears to be a private con­ver­sa­tion between Vic­tor­ia Nu­land, the as­sist­ant sec­ret­ary of State for European Af­fairs, and Geof­frey Py­att, the U.S. am­bas­sad­or to the Ukraine. The con­ver­sa­tion was up­loaded by You­Tube by “Maidan Pup­pets”; it’s un­known who runs the ac­count.

“That would be great to help glue this thing and to have the U.N. help glue it. And you know, fuck the EU,” she said, dis­cuss­ing bring­ing in U.N. of­fi­cial Robert Serry.

The two were talk­ing about the on­go­ing con­flict in Ukraine and try­ing to set up a solu­tion between the op­pos­i­tion and the Ukrain­i­an gov­ern­ment, over­seen by Vikt­or Ya­nukovych.

Nu­land said she be­lieved Vi­tali Klitsch­ko, an op­pos­i­tion lead­er, shouldn’t go in­to the gov­ern­ment, adding, “I don’t think it’s ne­ces­sary. I don’t think it’s a good idea.”

Klitsch­ko was offered the deputy prime min­is­ter’s job late last month. He re­fused the deal.

“The Klitsch­ko piece is ob­vi­ously the com­plic­ated elec­tron here, es­pe­cially the an­nounce­ment of him as deputy prime min­is­ter, and you’ve seen some of my notes on the troubles in the mar­riage,” Py­att said.

In­stead, Nu­land presses for Ar­sen­iy Yat­seny­uk, an­oth­er op­pos­i­tion lead­er, say­ing he is “the guy who has the eco­nom­ic ex­per­i­ence, the [gov­ern­ing] ex­per­i­ence.”

She ad­ded that Klitsch­ko work­ing for Ya­nukovych wouldn’t work out.

The two also say Vice Pres­id­ent Joe Biden be brought in “for an at­ta boy, and get the deets to stick.”

A spokes­per­son for the U.S. Em­bassy in Kiev told the Kiev Post, which first re­por­ted the leak, that Nu­land might ad­dress the phone call dur­ing a press con­fer­ence Fri­day. They didn’t con­firm that Nu­land is the wo­man in the call.

White House press sec­ret­ary Jay Car­ney was asked about the leaked call dur­ing Thursday’s daily brief­ing.

“It’s cer­tainly no secret that our am­bas­sad­or and as­sist­ant sec­ret­ary have been work­ing with the gov­ern­ment of Ukraine, with the op­pos­i­tion, with busi­ness and civil so­ci­ety lead­ers to sup­port their ef­forts to find a peace­ful solu­tion through dia­logue and polit­ic­al and eco­nom­ic re­form,” he said, not com­ment­ing on the word choice in the leaked call, The Hill re­ports.

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