February 7, 2014

U.S. Profanity and Impotence in Ukraine

Leonid Bershidsky, Bloomberg

The Associated Press

Cold War spy craft appears to be repeating itself as farce in Ukraine.

An audio recording with Russian subtitles -- posted on YouTube and advertised by Russian officials on Twitter -- has severely embarrassed two U.S. diplomats, purportedly taped as they tried to resolve the political crisis in Ukraine. Russia seems to believe this proves dastardly American interference in the affairs of a sovereign country. Instead, it exposes the minimal influence that the U.S. has on events in Eastern Europe's biggest nation.

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TAGGED: Ukraine, Victoria Nuland, Russia


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