US President Barack Obama on Thursday evening described Russia as a military superpower with influence all around the world and Washington’s important partner.

 

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“Russia is an important country. It is a military superpower. It has influence in the region and it has influence around the world,” Obama said at a joint news conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin.

 

“And in order for us to solve many big problems around the world, it is in our interest to work with Russia and obtain their cooperation,” he continued, adding that there were “some significant differences in how Russia views the world and how we view the world”.