Nuland, Pyatt phone conversation about Ukraine leaks online

7 February 2014 10:27
In a conversation leaked online and posted to YouTube on Feb. 4, voices closely resembling those of U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Geoffrey Pyatt and U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland discuss loosely the roles of Ukrainian opposition leaders and the United Nations, and frustration over inaction and indecision by the European Union in solving Ukraine’s political crisis, informs kyivpost.com At one point, the Nuland voice uses an expletive to describe her frustration with the European Union efforts to resolve Ukraine's political crisis. The woman, who sounds like Nuland, can be heard on the recording saying “f**k the EU,” while the man, who sounds like Pyatt, refers to Vitali Klitschko as the “top dog” among opposition leaders but implies that Klitschko is too inexperienced to hold a top government post. The United States says Russia might have had a role in the leak of an apparently bugged phone conversation between Nuland and Pyatt, according to rferl.org. White House spokesman Carney refused to discuss any details of the private conversation. But he added, "Since the recording was first noted and tweeted out by the Russian government I think that says something about Russia's role." Carney, however, said that Nuland has been working with her EU counterparts "and relations with the EU are stronger than ever."