The Kiev Post reports on an alleged conversation between U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Geoffrey Pyatt and U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland. Nuland is quoted as saying “Fuck the Eu” on the recording.
The voices have yet to be comprehensively and independently verified.
The woman, who sounds like Nuland, can be heard on the recording saying “fuck 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 leaked phone call appears to have been made following President Viktor Yanukovych’s Jan. 25 offer to opposition leader Arseniy Yatseniuk to be prime minister and Klitschko to be deputy prime minister, offers both men refused. Mykola Azarov resigned as prime minister on Jan. 28.
Nuland and Pyatt allegedly discuss who they want to promote and prevent from entering the Ukrainian government, which if true would provide further evidence of the US government meddling in Ukrainian internal affairs. Nuland later states that she wants to bypass the EU and work with the United Nations to pursue America’s interest.
She later tells Pyatt that she will involve Vice President Biden in the strategy.
The phone call ends with Nuland saying she can get U.S. Vice President Joseph Biden to make a phone call, presumably to Yanukovych “for an at-ta-boy and to get the deeds to stick.” Biden has talked to Yanukovych by telephone at least four times in the last month.
Civil conflict in the Ukraine has reached the point of violence as protesters and government forces have clashed on the streets. The cause of the strife appears to be disagreement over whether Ukraine should be closer to Europe or Russia – a situation that may lead to a splitting of the multi-ethnic country.