Victoria Nuland: America’s riot-diplomat — Spiegel (English)

By Matthias Gebauer und Holger Stark
February 10, 2015

Victoria Nuland: A clear opinion on what needs to be done in Ukraine

“Fuck the EU” – Victoria Nuland can be very direct. For the US government’s diplomat to negotiate in Ukraine crisis with Europe. At the Munich Security Conference but they drew another irritation.

Victoria Nuland is in Washington in front of an azure video screen of the Brookings Institution [her husband Robert Kagan is a Senior Fellow at Brookings Institution] and wants to say a few basic sentences on Ukraine crisis. “We have to help Ukraine to stop the blood loss,” she says. Even with deadly weapons? Nuland speaks of “defensive” measures and makes only just before stop, to press for the delivery of heavy weapons to the government in Kiev.

Nuland has a very direct way, you can focus on entertaining, but also be undiplomatic -. For a diplomat these are dangerous properties.

The 53-year-old is the European representative of the US government, it is the United States pass through Ukraine crisis and solve the problems with Russian President Vladimir Putin. But in the crisis Nuland has itself become a problem.

Last Friday the American woman of their delegation to the Munich Security Conference gave an internal briefing. She was on the sixth floor of the Hotel Bayerischer Hof. In the room were perhaps two dozen US diplomats and senators. Especially the German Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen had spoken publicly that arms sales could act as an accelerant in eastern Ukraine. The Americans were angry.

Nuland is supposed to have given the line: “We can fight against the Europeans, rhetorically fight them,” she said, according to the newspaper “Bild”.

Nuland called the journey of the Chancellor [Merkel] to Russian President Vladimir Putin, the report says, “Merkel Moscow stuff”. The atmosphere heated up, one of the senators spoke evilly of von der Leyen (“defeatist-Minister”), the term “Moscow bullshit” of the Europeans fell probably, too.

The top diplomat Nuland is considered conservative. In the case of an election victory of the Republicans in the coming year she will be considered a potential new Foreign Minister. She is married to Robert Kagan, a conservative thinker. He published last year a text, why America must remain the undisputed leading power in the world.

In Ukraine crisis Nuland is considered hardliner and follower of arms sales – unlike their President Barack Obama she has a clear opinion on what needs to be done.

Stroke of luck and burden for Obama

Nuland was on the US embassies in Moscow and Beijing, as a diplomat in NATO, Foreign Ministry spokeswoman in Washington. But no country fascinates her as much as Russia. She loves this country, she once said. Nuland speaks Russian fluently. As the “most important memory of her career” is the top diplomat day in August 1991, when it cooperated with 250,000 people in front of the Kremlin in Moscow confessed “and said no to the counter-revolution”. Victoria Nuland has therefore also made the fight against the forces of darkness in the former Russian Empire in the center of her career.

It is therefore a godsend and a burden at the same time for Obama. She made headlines after the Munich Security Conference last year. At that time she flew from Munich to Prague and Cyprus to Kiev, and on the way she called Geoffrey Pyatt, the American ambassador to Ukraine. Nuland renounced specific safety procedures and using her normal mobile phone. So the conversation was unencrypted.

On the evening of February 4, 2014 appeared on YouTube on a recording of four minutes and eleven seconds. The conversation between the two top diplomats gave a rare glimpse into the world of American diplomacy. At the end of the call Nuland said on a proposal by the US government, which was to outmaneuver the hesitant Europeans, and it has made world famous. Shortly before she had spoken with the United Nations, the United Nations should engage in Ukraine and send a messenger to the EU which would not have much to say. “That would be great, I think, to help things move, the UN would move things,” Nuland said and added: “. Fuck the EU”

“Absolutely unacceptable” were the words that the Chancellor was at that time aligned – an unusually sharp reaction. In the days that followed Nuland had to apologize. As a token of apology, she appeared in the next round with a homemade button “. I love the EU”

Now, for the second time Nuland’s derogatory statements have leaked out that were not meant for the public. The Germans were irritated, after all, the American had, at the meeting with German Minister Merkel, praised the initiative to defuse crisis in Ukraine.

The day after the report in the newspaper “Bild” Nuland wanted nothing more to do with the statements then. Rather, she was a fan of the diplomacy initiative of the German Chancellor. “In the public and internally all of us have, myself included, supported the diplomacy,” she said to the US newspaper “Wall Street Journal”, “and we have worked side by side with them.”

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http://www.spiegel.de/politik/ausland/victoria-nuland-barack-obamas-problem-diplomatin-a-1017614.html

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Victoria Nuland: Amerikas Krawall-Diplomatin — Spiegel (Deutsch)

Von  und Holger Stark, Berlin und Washington
10.02.2015

“Fuck the EU” – Victoria Nuland kann sehr direkt sein. Für die US-Regierung soll die Diplomatin in der Ukraine-Krise mit Europa verhandeln. Bei der Münchner Sicherheitskonferenz aber sorgte sie erneut für Irritationen.

Victoria Nuland steht in Washington vor einer azurblauen Videoleinwand der Denkfabrik Brookings Institution [ihr Mann Robert Kagan ist Senior Fellow am Brookings Institution] und will ein paar grundsätzliche Sätze zur Ukraine-Krise sagen. “Wir müssen der Ukraine dabei helfen, den Blutverlust zu stoppen”, fordert sie. Auch mit tödlichen Waffen? Nuland spricht von “defensiven” Maßnahmen und macht nur knapp davor halt, auf die Lieferung von schweren Waffen an die Regierung in Kiew zu drängen.

Nuland hat eine sehr direkte Art. Sie kann scharf, unterhaltsam, aber auch undiplomatisch werden – für eine Diplomatin sind das gefährliche Eigenschaften.

Die 53-Jährige ist die Europa-Beauftragte der amerikanischen Regierung, sie soll die USA durch die Ukraine-Krise führen und die Probleme mit dem russischen Präsidenten Wladimir Putin lösen. Aber in der Krise ist Nuland selbst zum Problem geworden.

Am vergangenen Freitag gab die Amerikanerin ihrer Delegation bei der Münchner Sicherheitskonferenz ein internes Briefing. Sie saß im sechsten Stock des Hotels Bayerischer Hof, im Raum waren vielleicht zwei Dutzend US-Diplomaten und Senatoren. Gerade hatte die deutsche Verteidigungsministerin Ursula von der Leyen öffentlich davon gesprochen, Waffenlieferungen könnten in der Ostukraine wie ein Brandbeschleuniger wirken. Die Amerikaner waren sauer.

Nuland soll die Linie vorgegeben haben: “Wir können gegen die Europäer kämpfen, rhetorisch gegen sie kämpfen”, sagte sie nach Angaben der “Bild”-Zeitung.

Die Reise der Kanzlerin zum russischen Präsidenten Wladimir Putin nannte Nuland dem Bericht zufolge “Merkels Moskau-Zeug”. Die Stimmung heizte sich auf, einer der Senatoren soll über von der Leyen (“Defätismus-Ministerin”) gelästert haben, der Begriff “Moskau bullshit” der Europäer fiel wohl auch.

Die Top-Diplomatin Nuland gilt als konservativ. Im Fall eines Wahlsiegs der Republikaner im kommenden Jahr wird sie als mögliche neue Außenministerin gehandelt. Sie ist mit Robert Kagan verheiratet, einem konservativen Vordenker. Er veröffentlichte im vergangenen Jahr einen Text, warum Amerika die unumstrittene Führungsmacht in der Welt bleiben müsse.

In der Ukraine-Krise gilt Nuland als Hardlinerin und Anhängerin von Waffenlieferungen – anders als ihr Präsident Barack Obama hat sie eine klare Meinung, was getan werden muss.

Glücksfall und Hypothek für Obama

Nuland war an den US-Botschaften in Moskau und Peking, als Diplomatin bei der Nato und Sprecherin des Außenministeriums in Washington. Aber kein Land fasziniert sie so wie Russland. Sie liebe dieses Land, hat sie einmal gesagt. Russisch spricht Nuland fließend. Als die “wichtigste Erinnerung ihrer Karriere” bezeichnet die Spitzendiplomatin den Tag im August 1991, als sie zusammen mit 250.000 Menschen vor dem Kreml in Moskau gestanden “und Nein zur Konterrevolution gesagt” habe. Victoria Nuland hat deshalb auch den Kampf gegen die Mächte des Finsteren im einstigen Zarenreich in den Mittelpunkt ihrer Karriere gestellt.

Sie ist damit ein Glücksfall und eine Hypothek zugleich für Obama. Für Schlagzeilen sorgte sie bereits nach der Münchner Sicherheitskonferenz des vergangenen Jahres. Damals flog sie von München über Zypern und Prag nach Kiew, und auf dem Weg telefonierte sie mit Geoffrey Pyatt, dem amerikanischen Botschafter in der Ukraine. Nuland verzichtete auf besondere Sicherheitsvorkehrungen und benutzte ihr normales Mobiltelefon. Damit war das Gespräch unverschlüsselt.

Am Abend des 4. Februar 2014 tauchte bei YouTube ein Mitschnitt auf, vier Minuten und elf Sekunden lang. Das Gespräch zwischen den beiden Spitzendiplomaten gab einen seltenen Einblick in die Welt der amerikanischen Diplomatie. Am Ende des Telefonats sprach Nuland einen Vorschlag der US-Regierung an, der die zögerlichen Europäer ausmanövrieren sollte und sie weltberühmt gemacht hat. Kurz zuvor hatte sie mit den Vereinten Nationen gesprochen, die Uno sollte sich in der Ukraine engagieren und einen Gesandten schicken, damit hätte die EU nicht mehr viel zu sagen. “Das wäre großartig, denke ich, um zu helfen, die Dinge zu bewegen, die Uno würde die Dinge vorantreiben”, sagte Nuland und setzte hinzu: “Fuck the EU.”

“Absolut inakzeptabel” seien die Worte, ließ die Kanzlerin damals ausrichten – eine ungewöhnlich scharfe Reaktion. In den Tagen danach musste Nuland sich entschuldigen. Als Zeichen der Abbitte erschien sie bei der nächsten Runde mit einem selbstgemachten Anstecker: “I love the EU.”

Nun sind zum zweiten Mal abfällige Aussagen Nulands durchgesickert, die nicht für die Öffentlichkeit gedacht waren. Die Deutschen zeigten sich irritiert, schließlich hatte die Amerikanerin bei den Treffen mit deutschen Ministern Merkels Initiative zur Deeskalation in der Ukraine-Krise gelobt.

Am Tag nach dem Bericht in der “Bild”-Zeitung wollte Nuland von den Aussagen dann auch nichts mehr wissen. Vielmehr sei sie ein Fan der Diplomatie-Initiative der deutschen Kanzlerin. “In der Öffentlichkeit und intern haben alle von uns, mich eingeschlossen, deren Diplomatie unterstützt”, sagte sie der US-Zeitung “Wall Street Journal”, “und wir haben Seite an Seite mit ihnen gearbeitet.”

http://www.spiegel.de/politik/ausland/victoria-nuland-barack-obamas-problem-diplomatin-a-1017614.html

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German newspaper BILD gets inside US-NATO-Nuland planning session

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General Breedlove tells US diplomats and select members of Congress what Ukraine needs.
The Bild headline:
“Cold Feet” “Bullshit,” “Angst”
What US Politicians REALLY think about the Germans in the Ukraine-crisis
February 19, 2015
Translated from German by Tom Winter
Munich — While a bloody war rages in eastern Ukraine, the next dangerous conflict is breaking out in the Security Conference, a diplomatic battle of nerves centered on the question whether the West ought to supply armaments to the regime in Kiev. The opponents are actually allies: the USA against Europe,  and Germany in particular.
Behind the soundproof doors of the conference room in the Bayerischer Hof hotel, the Americans speak about Germans in rather derogatory terms.
Friday evening a bit after 7 p.m. on the sixth floor of the luxury hotel, according to BILD’s sources, American four-star generals, diplomats, and high-ranking US politicians held a frank discussion in a “briefing room,” and held forth about the Germans.
“Defeatist,” is what a US Senator called German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen, because she no longer believes in a Kiev victory. The phrase “German defeatist,” according to our information, was often heard in the room.
Defense minister Ursula von der Leyen, (here with NATO General Secretary Jens Stoltenberg) counts as a defeatist among the US diplomats since she no longer believes in a victory of Ukraine against Russia.
Obama’s top diplomat for Europe, Victoria Nuland, called the Chancellor’s trip to Putin, “Merkel’s Moscow thing.” Another US Foreign office type spoke of the Europeans’ “Moscow bullshit.”
And US Senator John McCain talked himself into a rage: “History shows us that dictators always take more, whenever you let them. They can’t be brought back from their brutal behavior when you fly to Moscow to them, just like someone once flew to this city.”
Merkel’s diplomatic initiative in the Ukraine crisis stands at the center of American anger. Reason: the Americans don’t believe that Putin can’t be made to back off without a massive push, and the Europeans have no wish to build up a greater push.
“They’re afraid of damage to their economy, counter-sanctions from Russia,” said Nuland. Another US politician: “It’s painful to see that our NATO partners are getting cold feet.”
Obama’s close confidante Victoria Nuland is the one who set the tone for her American colleagues at the prelude to the evening: “We can fight against the Europeans, we can fight with rhetoric against them.”
Several US politicians appeared to have hesitations about weapons supply to Kiev. One asked whether it was only a tactic, a false promise to get the Europeans to put more pressure on Putin. “No, it’s not a tactic to push the Europeans,” answered Nuland dryly. “We’re not going to sent any four divisions into Ukraine, as the Europeans fear. It’s only a relatively moderate delivery of anti-tank weapons.”
“But what will we tell the Europeans if we really decide on delivering weapons,” asked one Congressman. “What’s our story then?”
NATO Commander General Philip Breedlove was there. He answered: “We’re not on a footing to deliver so many weapons they could defeat Russia [!!! —tr] That’s not our goal. But we have to try to raise the battlefield cost for Putin, to slow down the whole problem, so sanctions and other measures can take hold.”
Again top diplomat Nuland, who speaks fluent Russian and served as Dick Cheney’s security advisor took it up: “I’d strongly urge you to use the phrase ‘defensive systems’ that we would deliver to oppose Putin’s ‘offensive systems.’”
General Breedlove clarified for the US politicians, what an actual arms delivery would look like. “Russian artillery is by far what kills most Ukrainian soldiers, so a system is needed that can localize the source of fire and repress it. Ukrainian communications are disrupted or completely swamped, so they need uninterceptible communications gear. Then I won’t talk about any anti-tank rockets, but we are seeing massive supply convoys from Russia into Ukraine. The Ukrainians need the capability to shut off this transport. And then I would add some small tactical drones.”
NB: These planned weapons and systems are so technically demanding that US soldiers would probably have to train the Ukrainian army. Thus the USA would be intervening with their own troops in the conflict.
There hasn’t been this much conflict between Europeans and Americans since the Munich Security conference of 2003, shortly before the beginning of the Iraq war. In the morning Chancellor Angela Merkel travels to Washington to US President Barak Obama. The two have much to discuss…
Translator’s note: This material is visible throughout the German press, and it all comes back to this article in Das Bild, and the source for this Bild article had to be German Intelligence. The German press is full of praise for their peace-making Chancellor, and apparently the Chancellory is committed to making Minsk II a success. Further, this item removes, and was doubtless intended to remove, any doubts about NATO being a US instrument. Also to be noted here is a complete zeroing out of the five or six million Russian-speaking inhabitants of Lugansk and Donetsk; they don’t exist, it’s just Russia.