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He also told Nuland he backs moves to speed up the process of releasing activists detained in the civil unrest. Yanukovych has supported a law that offers amnesty for detainees, but on condition that occupied public buildings are cleared of protesters.
Meanwhile, Nuland has refused to comment about an apparently bugged telephone conversation in which she appears to discuss Ukrainian opposition leaders, telling reporters in
She has already apologized to
The leaked phone call appears to have been made following Yanukovych's
"I think 'Yats' is the guy who's got the economic experience, the governing experience," the speaker says. "You know, what he needs is 'Klitsch' and [other opposition leader Oleh] Tyahnybok on the outside. He needs to be talking to them four times a week. You know, I just think 'Klitsch' going in, he's going to be at that level, working for Yatsenyuk. It's just not going to work."
At one point, a voice appearing to be Nuland's uses a strong expletive to describe frustrations about EU diplomatic efforts in
A spokeswoman for EU foreign policy chief
"It is no secret that Ambassador Pyatt and Assistant Secretary Nuland have been working with the government of
Psaki said she did not know who posted the recording but criticized
Sergei Glazyev, an adviser to Putin, accused
"The stunts the Americans are pulling today by crudely interfering in
In an interview with the Ukrainian edition of
When conflicts arise, he said, the guarantors "are obliged to intervene."
A spokeswoman said German Chancellor
Both EU power
A second recording, purporting to be a conversation between two EU officials, was posted the same day from the same YouTube account. In it, a voice believed to be
A spokeswoman for Ashton declined comment.
Based on reporting by Reuters, AP, AFP, and
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