In a new poll published today by the Levada Center, an independent Russian pollster, 4 our of 5 Russians view the West in a positive manner, and as a ‘friend’ and ‘partner’.
Only 3% of Russian respondents said they see the West as Russia’s enemy, Levada said. Another 16% said they view the West as a rival, reported The Moscow Times.
Two-thirds of Levada’s respondents (67%) said Russia should treat the West as a “partner,” while 11% said Russia should treat the West as a “friend,” according to the Kommersant business daily’s breakdown of the data.
Russians view the European Union more favorably than the United States, with 49% expressing positive opinions toward the former and 42% toward the latter. Negative views of the EU and the U.S. were split among Russian respondents at 37% and 46%, respectively.
Levada sociologist Karina Pipia told Kommersant that the latest results point toward Russians’ “mass fatigue of foreign policy confrontation and an unwillingness to fight with anyone.”
After Russia’s annexation of Crimea in 2014, and support for pro-Russian separatists in the Donbass region of East Ukraine, the West enacted sanctions across the board on Russian businesses and officials.
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