Most Russians want to be friends with the West as never before

Two-thirds of Russians have declared their desire to be friends with the West. This is evidenced by data survey, conducted in November of this year, “Levada-center”, according to RBC.


According to the publication, these results are close to the historical high of March 2000, when the thaw in relations expressed 76% of survey participants. Now the policy of rapprochement was supported by 71% of respondents. In the summer of 2015, the figure was only half.


The desire of Russians to have good relations with European countries grew amid the increasing negativity toward the United States. In November “mostly bad” and “bad” to America took 56% of the respondents. In relation to the EU-54%.


According to the Deputy Director of “Levada-center” Alexei Grazhdankin, the lion’s share of survey participants is confident that the initiative of normalization of relations must come from the West. In addition, respondents do not understand the reaction of European countries to Russia’s actions in Ukraine.

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