The departure of Donald Trump from politics will not improve relations between the US and Europe, Pravde.Ru told the program director of the Russian Council on International Affairs Ivan Timofeev following the results of the 2019 Munich Security Conference.
The conference took place on February 16-17 in Germany and was marked by the absence of Vladimir Putin, Donald Trump and Emmanuel Macron.
The political scientist, however, does not believe that the relations of the Euro-Atlantic allies are completely deadlocked, and Europe is now throwing itself into Russia’s arms and will take part in Eurasian integration projects. Europe is afraid of Russian expansion, so it will continue to rely on an alliance with the United States, which provides security for it, said Ivan Timofeev in an interview with Pravda.Ru.
The fact that Russia benefits from a “strong Europe”, as Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said at the conference, does not mean that Moscow will not develop bilateral relations with European countries, but openly rely on the collapse of the EU – this is not in line with Moscow’s diplomacy, the expert said “Pravdy.Ru”.
According to the political scientist, Merkel will still determine policy in Europe for a long time, even after her departure from the post of chancellor, so her opinion should be heeded.
And it consists in the following: the European Union will not support the United States in its policy of confrontation with Russia, the European Union will cooperate with Russia, and if they “punish” Moscow with sanctions , then only for what they consider to be a dangerous precedent, for example, “behavior” in Ukraine”. Europe will not support the United States in its position on withdrawing from the Treaty on Intermediate-Range and Short-Range Missiles (DISS) and obstructing the construction of the Nord Stream-2 gas pipeline, said Ivan Timofeev in an interview with Pravda.ru.
Russophobes in Europe, Merkel is not happy with such a position, but they will have to accept it, since objective processes are underway, the political scientist summed up for Pravdy.ru.
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