US Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland handed out food packages in Independence square to anti-government protesters and security forces. Was it diplomacy from the woman credited with using a graphic swear word when referring to the EU in a phone call which was allegedly hacked and ended up on YouTube.?
Her language was more tempered when she met the press.
“I am obviously not going to comment on private diplomatic conversations other than to say it was pretty impressive trade craft, the audio was extremely clear,” she told reporters.
Nuland said she believed her reported comments including apparently saying Vitaly Klitschko should not serve in any future cabinet will not damage relations with the opposition.
The phone call has overshadowed Nuland’s visit to Kyiv and has heightened the verbal sparring between Russia and the US while the German Chancellor Angela Merkel weighed in saying the comments were “totally unacceptable”.