The delivery of U.S. weapons to Ukraine may start a new world war, 42 percent of respondents told the Russian Public Opinion Study Center (VTsIOM).
Another 18 percent believe that such deliveries will fuel the Ukraine conflict, while 1 percent predicts deterioration of Russia's relations with Ukraine and the United States, the destruction of the Ukrainian state and the beginning of an arms race.
Some 33 percent of 1,600 respondents polled in 132 populated localities in 46 regions on February 14-15 were undecided.
In the opinion of 35 percent of respondents, the main reason for the possible delivery of U.S. weapons to Ukraine is the wish to unleash hostilities. Six percent said the U.S. wanted Ukraine instability to linger, and five percent suggested that the U.S. must have wished to weaken Russia, to bolster its influence on Europe or to move NATO bases closer to Russian frontiers.
Four percent claimed the U.S. aspiration for control over the Ukrainian territory and 3 percent pointed to the U.S. aspiration for global dominance. Twenty-eight percent were hesitant.
In the opinion of 23 percent of respondents, Russia should do nothing if the U.S. really starts to supply weapons to Ukraine.
Most of those supporting any kind of reaction say Russia should back the Donbas militia (14 percent). Eight percent suggest that we arm ourselves and prepare for war. Ten percent think it would be wise to resolve the matter in a diplomatic fashion (negotiate with the United States or other countries).
Seven percent think that the Russian authorities should take some action but cannot be more specific. Twenty-nine percent failed to answer the question.
The Ukrainian parliament's calls to the United States to begin weapon supplies to Ukraine suggest that Kiev does not want to conduct peace talks, a Russian lawmaker said.
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