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  1. U.S. Diplomat Dismisses EU in Leaked Conversation

    The Obama administration has condemned Russia for disseminating a private conversation between two U.S. diplomats about the crisis in Ukraine. In the discussion, Victoria Nuland, the assistant secretary of state for European affairs, appears to dismiss the role of the EU with some highly undiplomatic language. The recording was posted on YouTube on Thursday and tweeted by at least one Russian official. Nuland has reportedly apologized, and while the incident is unlikely to damage the strong relationship between the EU and U.S., it has further strained Russian-American ties. 

    Sources: NYT, The Guardian, BBC

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