U.S. diplomat apologizes over phone call gaffe

Feb 07, 2014, 6:28 AM EST
KIEV, UKRAINE - DECEMBER 09: U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland (C) leaves Maidan Square after meeting with the leaders of the Ukrainian opposition on December 10, 2013 in Kiev, Ukraine. Thousands have been protesting against the Ukrainian government after Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych decided to suspend a trade and partnership agreement with the European Union in favor of incentives from Russia.
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A senior U.S. diplomat apologized on Thursday after a private telephone call in which she made a profane statement about the European Union surfaced online. Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland reportedly used a profanity in expressing frustration at the E.U.'s approach to the crisis in Ukraine. The White House has pointed the finger at Russia for leaking the conversation.