: DW: Germany considers Russia a threat to European security

15:04 May. 27, 2016

DW: Germany considers Russia a threat to European security

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Russian President Vladimir Putin hold talks in Paris, 2015 (GettyImages Photo)

Berlin reevaluates relations with Moscow in its new security strategy 

Germany considers Russia a threat to Europe. Berlin is developing a new national security strategy. The document evaluates potential risks of Moscow's activities in the region. This is reported by German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, according to Deutsche Welle.

"If Russia doesn't completely change its political course, it will continue to threaten the security of our region in the near future", the preliminary version of the document reads.

Read also: G7 leaders support sanctions against Russia

At the same time Germany says, long-term security and prosperity in Europe is impossible without cooperation with Moscow.

"Relations with Russia must be based on the "right combination" of defence and deterrence on the one hand, and propositions for cooperation on the other", the document reads.

The preliminary security strategy also establishes a completely new vision of Germany as a global leader. Because of its economic, political and military growth, Berlin bears responsibility for "active participation in creation of the world order".

Read also: Resistance to sanctions against Russia increased in E.U. - Steinmeier

Germany's last national security strategy was developed in 2006. Russia was considered a "priority partner" back then. And cooperation with Moscow was just as important for Berlin as cooperation with the E.U. members and NATO.

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