Merkel Furious at Nuland's Ukraine Comment

World | February 7, 2014, Friday // 14:44|  views

German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Photo by EPA/BGNES

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has criticized a top US diplomat's use of an expletive in commenting on the EU's handling of the Ukraine political crisis.

US official Victoria Nuland was allegedly recorder using a graphic swear word while discussing the crisis in Ukraine with the US ambassador to the country.

A recording of the apparently tapped conversation was posted online, with the US hinting at Russia's involvement.

"The chancellor considers this statement absolutely unacceptable ... and wants to emphasize again that [EU foreign policy chief Catherine] Ashton is doing an outstanding job," Merkel's spokeswoman said on Friday, as cited by The Local.

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

The alleged conversation between Nuland and the US ambassador to Ukraine, Geoffrey Pyatt, appeared on YouTube on Thursday.

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Tags: Ukraine, Victoria Nuland, United States, Russia, EU, Angela Merkel


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