U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland telephone conversation with U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Geoffrey Pyatt about the political crisis in Ukraine has been leaked onto the Internet.
Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland also denied a Russian claim that anti-government militants are trained on the grounds of the US embassy in Ukraine, calling it “pure fantasy”.
The conversation between Nuland and the US ambassador to Ukraine revealed an embarrassing exchange about the relative merits of Ukraine’s opposition leaders and their fitness for high office in a reformed Ukraine and included a crude American swipe at the European Union.
Nuland also assessed the political skills of Ukrainian opposition figures with unusual candor and, along with the U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, Geoffrey Pyatt, debated strategy for their cause, laying bare a deep degree of U.S. involvement in affairs that Washington officially says are Ukraine’s to resolve.
Illicitly recorded material is a staple of politics in former Soviet republics, where it’s known by its Russian name “kompromat,” meaning “compromising materials.”