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Nuland plays down leaked call, denies U.S. trains militants
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c_330_235_16777215_0___images_stories_edim_01_Nuland99.jpgA U.S. diplomat whose telephone conversation about the political crisis in Ukraine was leaked on the Internet said on Friday that the recording was "pretty impressive tradecraft" but suggested the leak would not harm her ties with the Ukrainian opposition.
According to Reuters, Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland also denied a Russian claim that anti-government militants are trained on the grounds of the U.S. Embassy in Ukraine, calling it "pure fantasy".
Meanwhile Nuland said that the United States is ready to provide financial support to Ukraine if the country implements the necessary political reforms.
However, German Chancellor Angela Merkel strongly criticized Nuland’s comment about the European Union's role in Ukraine.
Merkel's spokeswoman said Friday the German leader considers the comment by the top U.S. diplomat for Europe to be "absolutely unacceptable."
Wirtz told reporters in Berlin on Friday that Germany believes EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton "is doing a marvelous job" trying to mediate between the government and opposition in Ukraine, AP reported. 
On Thursday, a four-minute video - titled ‘Maidan puppets,’ referring to Independence Square in Ukraine’s capital – was reported in the Kiev Post. In the clip, Nuland is allegedly heard saying “f*** the EU" while speaking with the American Ambassador to Ukraine Geoffrey Pyat on how to end the crisis in Ukraine.

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Last Updated on 07 February 2014 17:36