German Chancellor Angela Merkel said that her experience at recent international summits with the participation of the President of the United States Donald trump has shown that Europe cannot "fully" rely on the United States and other longstanding allies.
"The time when we could fully rely on others to some extent is over", Merkel said at an event in Munich. She did not mention trump by name in speech, but indicated on the first foreign trip of the President of the United States, where he criticized NATO allies for their defense spending and also called Germany a "very bad" in the trade.
"I have experienced this in the last few days, so I can only say that we Europeans must do to take our destiny in our own hands, of course, we would like to be friends with the US and the UK as good neighbours. Perhaps also with Russia and with other countries ", - said Merkel. Trump could not assure the European leaders in their commitment to the fight against the Russian aggression in the headquarters of NATO in Brussels.
The speech that was made last Thursday, has renewed questions about the position of the trump against Russia and once again drew attention to a Federal investigation in Washington. In his address he urged the members to increase their defense spending.
NATO leaders came to a lecture of trump, which did not recognize the recent increase in military spending of member States and has not confirmed the US commitment to the promise of mutual protection Alliance in light of the dismissive reviews of the trump on the Alliance during his campaign.
Merkel met with former US President Barack Obama in Berlin before the NATO summit on Thursday. Along with Obama, Merkel was one of the most prominent voices in Western countries, opposing nationalist movements, presented the campaign "Brakcet" and politics to trump.
At the event on Sunday, Merkel said that the Europeans will continue to work in friendship with the United States, Britain and others where possible, including Russia, but stressed that Europeans should be confident. This fall if the party is successful in elections in Germany, Merkel will run for a fourth term as Chancellor.
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