As the US military presence in the Middle East shrinks, Russia and China will seek to expand their influence in the region. General Grank McKenzie from the US Central Command reported. 

In general, the Middle East is an area of ​​intense competition between powerful superpowers. “I think that if we change our position in the region, Russia and China will be very careful to see if there will be a vacuum that they can use,” As the Associated Pressreported, McKenzie mentioned.