A Global Tug-of-War For Ukraine

by lizard

As the Sochi Olympics rev up with the opening ceremonies tonight, a very insightful phone conversation between U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Geoffrey Pyatt and U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland was leaked on Youtube. Over at Moon of Alabama, the host, b, transcribed some of the conversation:

In a conversation leaked online and posted to YouTube on Feb. 6, voices closely resembling those of U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Geoffrey Pyatt and U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland discuss loosely the roles of Ukrainian opposition leaders and the United Nations, and frustration over inaction and indecision by the European Union in solving Ukraine’s political crisis.

The voice allegedly of Nuland adds that Klitschko should not be given a role in government.
“I don’t think it’s necessary, I don’t think it’s a good idea,” she says.

“Yeah… I guess… in terms of him not going into the government, just let him sort of stay out and do his political homework and stuff,” Pyatt says.

Before the call ends, Nuland tells Pyatt she has “one more wrinkle” for him.

Commenting on European pressure put on Yanukovych – or lack thereof – she explains that she has spoken to the United Nations and has gotten an official there who said that Ban Ki-moon, the UN secretary general, agreed to send someone to Ukraine to “help glue this thing and to have the UN glue it.”

She adds: “And you know, fuck the EU.”

“Exactly,” Pyatt replies. “And I think we got to do something to make it stick together, because you can be sure that if it does start to gain altitude the Russians will be working behind the scenes to torpedo it. Let me work on Klitschko, and I think we should get a Western personality to come out here (to Ukraine) and midwife this thing,’’ he adds.

There was some question whether this conversation is the real deal, but Jay Carney essentially confirmed it’s authenticity when he blamed Moscow for the leak:

The White House is suggesting that Moscow is behind a leaked phone call in which a top U.S. official can be heard saying “f–k the EU.”

In the call, which was anonymously posted on YouTube, Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland and U.S. Ambassador to the Ukraine Geoffrey Pyatt lay out their desired outcome for the crisis in Ukraine and accuse the European Union of not doing enough. White House spokesman Jay Carney said Thursday that the Russians tweeted out a link to the leaked recording, suggesting they were involved.

“The video was first noted and tweeted out by the Russian government,” Carney said. “I think it says something about Russia’s role.”

The Russian role? What does it say about the American role?

Jay Carney and the administration he propagandizes for don’t have much to worry about, imho. Americans are not very curious about US foreign policy, so I’m sure this simple deflection will be effective.

But for those who do pay attention, this is explicit evidence that Ukraine is a proxy conflict between Russia and western interests.

I wonder what kind of “fireworks” the west has planned for Sochi?




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