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Diplomatic Fallout: Why Nuland, U.S. Prefer U.N. to EU in Ukraine

Monday, Feb. 10, 2014

It was the “f**k” heard round the world. But did anyone truly grasp what the expletive really meant?

Foreign affairs specialists snickered last week as an unknown source released a recording of Victoria Nuland, assistant secretary of state for European and Eurasian affairs at the U.S. State Department, saying, “F**k the EU.” Nuland used the expletive during a phone discussion of potential arrangements for overseeing a political transition in Ukraine, which has been in turmoil since its government rejected an economic deal with Brussels under Russian pressure last year. European Union officials including the bloc’s foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton have been doing their best to try to handle the chaos. ...

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