Russian president Vladimir Putin. Photograph: Sergei Karpukhin/AFP/Getty Images

US President Barack Obama spoke with President Vladimir Putin of Russia on Thursday in their first direct contact in four months as the United States (...)

US secretary of state John Kerry, who defended the absence of a high-ranking American leader. Photograph: Rick Wilking/AFP/Getty Images

The Obama White House made the rare move of admitting a mistake by saying that it should have sent a senior leader to join with the heads of 40 count(...)

A Ukrainian miner smokes outside the Kalinin mine in the eastern city of Horlivka yesterday. Russian prime minister Dmitry Medvedev yesterday suggested Moscow may be open to compromise on Ukraine’s gas debt and the price it pays for Russian energy. Photograph: Evgeniy Maloletka/AP

Russia has struck a more conciliatory note over the crisis in Ukraine, as the US claimed western sanctions on Moscow were starting to bite. Having pre(...)

A pro-Russian protester stands at a barricade outside a regional government building in Donetsk yesterday. Photograph: Reuters/Maks Levin

Ukraine has threatened to forcibly clear pro-Russian protesters from official buildings in eastern cities, as(...)

US assistant secretary of state Victoria Nuland apologised to EU colleagues over contents of hacked telephone call. Photograph: Gleb Garanich/Reuters

The top US diplomat in Europe has privately apologised for an obscene remark about the European Union, a comment the German chancellor Angela Merkel d(...)

US Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland, whose telephone conversation about the political crisis in Ukraine was leaked on the Internet, suggested the leak would not harm her ties with the Ukrainian opposition. Photograph: Gleb Garanich/Reuters
US diplomat plays down leaked call
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  • February 7, 2014, 13:48

A US diplomat whose telephone conversation about the political crisis in Ukraine was leaked on the Internet said today that the recording was “pretty (...)

Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovich greets US assistant secretary of state for European and Eurasian affairs Victoria Nuland during their meeting in Kiev yesterday. Photograph: EPA/Mykhailo Markiv

The highest-ranking US diplomat in Europe has been caught on recorded telephone call with a US ambassador saying “F*** the EU.”In the recording, leake(...)

Ukraine’s president Viktor Yanukovich, centre rear, leaves a meeting with opposition leaders in Kiev on Friday. The meeting took place within hours of Ukraine’s richest man, Rinat Akhmetov, breaking his silence over the political crisis and calling on all sides to “sit at the negotiating table and take decisions that will make us proud”. Photograph: Sergey Ponomarev/The New York Times

Ukraine’s crisis may not be resolved on the streets of Kiev, or in the headquarters of the government or president, but in the lavish offices and vill(...)

Pro-EU protesters set up a barricade in downtown Kiev, Ukraine. Photograph: Sergey Dolzhenko/EPA

Ukraine president Viktor Yanukovych “intends to sign” the far-reaching trade and co-operation agreement with the European Union that he rejected only (...)

Pro-EU protesters face off with riot police as they defend a barricade at Independence Square in Kiev, Ukraine, early this morning.  Sergey Dolzhenko/EPA

Dawn broke over an extraordinary stand-off in Kiev today, as thousands of Ukrainian anti-government protesters resisted riot police efforts to drive t(...)