Western Democracy Under Threat, Security Conference Warns

MUNICH - The annual Munich Security Conference got underway Friday, with German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier issuing a warning that Russia, China and the United States were endangering global security.
"Russia ... has made military force and the violent shifting of borders on the European continent the means of politics once again," Steinmeier told the audience of leaders, military chiefs and diplomats at the Bayerischer Hof Hotel in the southern German city.
He added that China "accepts international law only selectively where it does not run counter to its own interests."
"And our closest ally, the United States of America, under the present administration itself, rejects the idea of an international community. We fall back into the classical security dilemma: more mistrust, more armament and then less security. These are the inevitable consequences."

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