China and Germany heading for superpower status as U.S. influence wanes, says Putin

Reuters has reported comments made by Russian President Vladimir Putin to a meeting of the Valdai Discussion Club on Thursday 23 October 2020.

President Putin’s is reported to have said that the era when the United States and Russia decided the world’s most important questions is in the past, with China and Germany now heading for superpower status.

Putin suggested that the role of the United States had waned, along with that of Britain and France, while Beijing and Berlin – in terms of political and economic weight – were heading for superpower status.

He said Washington could no longer lay claim to exceptionalism and questioned why it would want to.

Ahead of the U.S. presidential election on Nov. 3, Putin said he hoped the new administration would be ready for dialogue on security and nuclear arms control.

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