Angela Merkel: Europe Can No Longer Rely on US Protection

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Ushakov said Putin will discuss the US withdrawal from the Iranian deal with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron, who are set to visit Russian Federation later this month.

But German Chancellor Angela Merkel says the US withdrawal from the Iran accord isn't a reason to dump decades of transatlantic ties altogether.

Israel said yesterday it attacked almost all of Iran's military infrastructure in Syria after Iranian forces fired rockets at Israeli-held territory for the first time.

Rouhani said that the European Union states, especially Germany, France and United Kingdom, should announce their stance on guaranteeing Iran's interests in the JCPOA after Trump pulled the USA out of the global deal on Tuesday.

The top diplomats of Iran, France, Britain and Germany are expected to meet early next week to discuss their next steps.

Merkel, along with French President Emmanuel Macron and British Prime Minister Theresa May, has criticized Trump for pulling the US out of the agreement and vowing to reinstate economic sanctions on Iran.

Iranian women attend an anti-U.S. gathering after the Friday prayer in Tehran, Iran, Friday, May 11, 2018.

Altmaier said Germany wanted to avoid "a spiral of escalation" in transatlantic trade relations.

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel said that Europe needs to take his own destiny into their own hands and not rely on U.S. protection.

"Don't wait, act now", he said in an impassioned plea to Merkel, who was in attendance at the award ceremony in Aachen where the French president received the prestigious Charlemagne prize for his efforts in boosting European Union integration and cohesion.

In his telephonic conversation with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, he said Iran has always sought to reduce tensions in the region, trying to strengthen security and stability.

"The European Union is determined to preserve it".

"Let's face it, Europe is still in its infancy with regard to the common foreign policy", she said.

Discussions on the eurozone are "difficult" between France and Germany, acknowledged Merkel, who was hamstrung for half a year after inconclusive elections in September left her struggling to find coalition partners.

"It is clear that last night's incidents are part of a new context in the Middle East, where what we feared happening is becoming reality: the Syrian and Iranian issues are becoming intertwined", Le Drian told BFM TV.

European governments are scrambling for ways to save billions of dollars in trade that could collapse because of Trump's decision this week to re-impose sanctions.