"Fuck the EU!", was repeatedly said by the top US diplomat for European and Eurasian affairs, Victoria Nuland, while on the phone with the US ambassador to Ukraine, Geoffrey Pyatt. The conversation was leaked to media and generated a lot of embarrassment in Washington.
According to EUobserver,
a state department spokesowman, Jen Psaki, on Thursday (6 February) indirectly confirmed the authenticity of the audio clip. She told press Nuland “has been in contact with her EU counterparts, and of course, has apologized. […] She added, in a joke, the expletive reflects Nuland’s personality rather than a “pervasive [US] viewpoint.”
“You all know Toria pretty well. You may know the story of how she lived on a Russian boat for about eight months when she was 23, and she learned how to perfect perhaps certain words … Russian curse words and curse words on the fishing boat,” Psaki said.
US media also had fun.
“Is it going to be the new rallying cry of the [European] bureau or of the state department itself? … Are you going to get t-shirts made with this phrase on it?” one reporter asked the US spokeswoman.
The Guardian, adds that, in an attempt to limit damage,
US officials tried to turn focus onto Russia, suggesting that Moscow had leaked the audio recording. They pointed to an early tweet from Dmitry Loskutov, an aide to the deputy prime minister of Russia Dmitry Rogozin, that said: “Sort of controversial judgment from Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland speaking about the EU." […]
Blaming the Russians for leaking a conversation that was presumably obtained by covert means poses problems for the US, as documents leaked by Edward Snowden reveal that the US has in the past listened into the communications of its allies, as well as enemies.
The conversation underlines mounting US frustration at the EU’s position on the ongoing democracy protests in Ukraine. The EU has held back from joining US threats to impose sanctions should the Ukrainian regime violently suppress the protests.