Over half Russians think Western countries take Russia as competitor or enemy - poll

Most Russians think that relations in Russia with the United States and European Union are going through a bad stretch now, sociologists of Levada Center said following a poll held in 130 cities, towns and villages in 45 Russian regions on March 7-10.

Most Russians think that relations in Russia with the United States and European Union are going through a bad stretch now, sociologists of Levada Center said following a poll held in 130 cities, towns and villages in 45 Russian regions on March 7-10.

A total of 34 percent of Russians have positive attitude toward the U.S. (against 48 percent in 2013), however 56 percent of respondents share the opposite stance and 10% failed to respond, the survey showed.

When assessing the state of the Russian-U.S. relations, 35 percent of Russian citizens said they were tense, 30 percent cold and 12 percent hostile, while 14 percent of respondents think that the two countries cooperate normally and calmly and 6% believe that Moscow and Washington have friendly and good neighborly relations, sociologists said.

Russians are far more well-disposed to the EU than to the U.S. - 45 percent have positive attitude to the EU (against 58 percent in 2013), the attitude of 41 percent is negative and 14 percent failed to answer, the poll showed.

Russian-EU relations are cold (31 percent), tense (27 percent) and hostile (5 percent), while 25 percent of respondents believe that the Russian-EU dialog is calm and 7 percent see it as friendly and good neighborly, the survey showed.

At the same time, 40 percent of Russian citizens said that developed countries currently treat Russia as a competitor and 16 percent of respondents said that Russia has become an enemy for many states. Twenty seven percent of Russians think that the developed world treats Russia as a partner and 8 percent believe no special attention is paid to Moscow, sociologists said.

Meanwhile, 46 percent of respondents think that Russia's foreign policy should be oriented on cooperation with Ukraine, Belarus, Kazakhstan and other CIS countries (same as in January 2013), the poll showed.

A total of 38 percent of Russians support Russia's cooperation with Germany, France, the UK and other western European countries (against 48 percent in January 2013).

Thirty six percent of respondents said Russia should cooperate with India and China, 18 percent with Japan, 14 percent with Cuba, Venezuela, Syria, Iran and North Korea.

While ten percent of Russian citizens believe that Russia should cooperate with the U.S. firstly, the survey showed.

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