For a long time, the world coexisted with a clear understanding that the United States seeks to spread its hegemony everywhere. Now the situation has changed.
This was told by German Chancellor Angela Merkel, talking to reporters.
According to her, now Washington is doing everything to lose its former leadership, and Europe needs to seriously think about its own role in such conditions. Thus, Merkel commented on the decision of US President Donald Trump to reduce the US military presence in Germany from 35 to 25 thousand people.
“We grew up with some awareness that the US is striving to be a world power. If now the US decided to abandon this role at will, we need to seriously think about it, ” said Merkel.
The Chancellor recalled what exactly the American armed forces are doing in Germany – he defends the interests of the United States. Thus, Washington itself weakens its influence in Europe.
Against this background, Merkel said that she considers constructive dialogue with Russia to be important. She explains this with the influence that Moscow has in North Africa and the Middle East.
“In countries such as Syria and Libya, which are located in close proximity to Europe, Russia has enormous strategic influence, so I will always strive for cooperation,” says the Chancellor.