George Friedman said that the interest which brings Romania and the USA is limiting the power of Russia, as Romania needs its independence and Washington needs partners to oppose the expansion of Russian influence.
George Friedman, the chairman of American company Stratfor believes that Romania should be more preoccupied to build the relation with the USA instead of waiting for the opposite, saying that Romania must trust its power more than the optical illusion that the EU and NATO will provide everything it needs. “It’s not that the times you thought you would accede to NATO and EU and they would take care of me ended, they never were something real, this was just an optical illusion. Romania is a sovereign state, with large resources, with a future and it must take the responsibility for its future, accept the price of its independence,” Friedman, a self-proclaimed euro-skeptic, said in a conference held Thursday evening at BNR. He explained that EU will never be what it was in 2006, as for Europe one must have in mind that the main powers of the coming years will be Germany and Russia. “If you embrace romantic nostalgias, if you seek the wonderful dream the EU once was, then you will see the ugly face of history. And Romanians already saw the ugly face of history,” Friedman warned.
He also mentioned that the interest which brings Romania and the USA close to each other is limiting the power of Russia, as Romania needs its independence and Washington needs countries that will oppose the expansion of the Russian influence. “One must have in mind for you to build a relation with the USA and I tell you that you must want to build this relation, rather than wait for the USA to build a relation with you. The question is: What can you offer? You have economic, geopolitical advantages. The alliances consist of reciprocal needs recognised and served. The USA have an interest in limiting the power of Russia, but there is a price that must be paid. Romania has an interest in limiting the power of Russia, it is a smaller price which Romania too must pay,” Friedman argued.
He added that the same idea of consistently following national interest must be applied in attracting investments or launching the investment of Rosia Montana, as Romanians and their politicians should first wish this to happen, because the politically unstable environment is not attractive for investors.
Also Thursday, the speaker of the Senate, Crin Antonescu had talks with Friedman about natural resources and energy. The PNL leader was invited to pay a working visit to Texas.