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US concerned at sale of French warships to Russia

Posted by seumasach on May 9, 2014

“The United States, like the Europeans, have never voiced privately any concerns about this,” a French government official told AFP, asking not to be identified.
 
“And we are anyway used to such thundering declarations from her (Nuland). She’s a neo-con. And the fact that it comes from her is actually reassuring.”

One theory about US strategy in Ukraine is that it’s an attempt to draw Europe back into the US orbit. In that case, why is Nuland , whose views on Europe are famously forthright, still at large?

GMANews

9th May, 2014

WASHINGTON  – US officials voiced concern Thursday at the sale of French warships to Moscow as they mulled tougher sanctions on Russia for the political upheaval triggered by the Ukraine crisis.

“We have regularly and consistently expressed our concerns about this sale even before we had the latest Russian actions and we will continue to do so,” Assistant Secretary for Europe Victoria Nuland told US lawmakers ahead of a visit next week to Washington by French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius.

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