Merkel: Russia wants to be 'a force that shapes international order'

Russia wants to participate in the formation of international order, as evidenced by the events in Syria. This was the opinion expressed by German Chancellor Angela Merkel at a press conference in Berlin, as quoted by TASS.

“We see Russia, which wants to be a force that shapes international order, and in fact is, if we look at Syria,” said Merkel.

She also noted the strengthening of both Russia and China.

Speaking about the European Union, Merkel said that the EU should play a “geopolitical role,” which is “of the greatest importance.”

Earlier Russian President Putin visited the Khemeimim Airbase in Syria and ordered the Russian Defense Ministry to begin withdrawing Russian troops from the country.

  Russia, Syria, Angela Merkel