State Department Official Apologizes for E.U. Comments

And a Russian aide denied the suggestions that his government was involved.

U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland (L) and U.S. ambassador to Ukraine Geoffrey Payette in the Independence Square in Kiev.
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Jordain Carney
Feb. 7, 2014, 3:20 a.m.

A seni­or State De­part­ment of­fi­cia — who ap­peared to say, “fuck the E.U.,” in a leaked phone cal — has apo­lo­gized to her European coun­ter­parts, a spokes­per­son said Thursday.

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 Ukraine, was up­loaded to You­Tube. 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 E.U.,” 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.

“She’s been in close con­tact with E.U. High Rep­res­ent­at­ive [Cath­er­ine] Ashton. Also, let me con­vey that she has been in con­tact with her E.U. coun­ter­parts, and of course has apo­lo­gized,” State De­part­ment spoke­wo­man Jen­nifer Psaki said.

Psaki would neither con­firm nor deny if the con­ver­sa­tion was au­then­t­ic, but she said Nu­land apo­lo­gized “for these re­por­ted com­ments.”

Psaki and White House press sec­ret­ary Jay Car­ney sug­ges­ted the Rus­si­an gov­ern­ment was some­how tied to the leak.

But Dmitry Loskutov, an aide to Deputy Prime Min­is­ter Dmitry Ro­goz­in, told the As­so­ci­ated Press he and the Rus­si­an gov­ern­ment wer­en’t in­volved in leak­ing the video. Loskutov pos­ted a link to the video on his Twit­ter ac­count.

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