FRANKFURT, Germany – Moscow has been able to refute the words of former US President Barack Obama, who in 2014 called Russia a “regional power,” the German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine reported.
The publication refers to the results of a survey by the Washington-based Pew Research Center that in recent years Russia’s influence on the international stage has increased steadily.
According to the survey, which was conducted from May to August 2018 in 25 countries, 42% of respondents agreed that Russia increased its influence in the world compared to the previous decade. However, 28% of respondents did not notice any change and only 19% felt that Russia’s influence in the world would be weakening.
The influence of Moscow was noted above all in Europe, North America and the Middle East, that is, in countries that interact directly with Russia, the newspaper reported. It is mainly Israel and Greece who are more confident in the growth of Russian influence, as reported by 65% of Israeli and Greek respondents.
In March 2014, after the Nuclear Security Summit in The Hague, then US President Barack Obama declared that Russia was not the “first threat to US national security” and said it considered the country a “regional power.” The leader was criticized by many, including several senior European officials. However, Obama later admitted that Moscow still has a major world influence.
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