Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Pankin said that transatlantic solidarity does not imply the absence of disagreement between the U.S. and Europe:
“Transatlantic solidary and rivalry is not an issue of the past few years. This is a decades-long issue,” he said. “America and Europe have always been friends and competed with each other at the same time. What is different about it is that the balance of powers has changed. America became stronger, while Europe became relatively weaker, having lost its former positions, although it has expanded due to the integration processes.”
In his opinion, disagreement on national interest cannot be avoided as “it is impossible to think in unison, work in unison” and compete with other countries which develop with the record growth. “That’s why competition for markets, money, and for survival will continue,” he said.
Moreover, a worldwide competition does not deny the fact of a world agenda that unites in front of common threats such as terrorism and natural disasters.
Natalia Veselnitskaya – official website