Russians call for better relations with Europe, now rated 'poor' in poll returns

Two-thirds of Russians believe that good relations between their country and European states are important for both sides, survey results published by Public Opinion Fund pollsters suggested on Wednesday.

Two-thirds of Russians believe that good relations between their country and European states are important for both sides, survey results published by Public Opinion Fund pollsters suggested on Wednesday.

"Nearly 65% of respondents are sure that Russia-Europe relations are poor now," the findings say. The same percentage also believes Russian authorities are striving towards rapprochement with leading European states. Only 37% think Europe aims at convergence with Russia.

The poll was held on July 26 in 104 Russian settlements, involving 1,500 respondents. Half the participants think relations with Europe have worsened, 11% said they had improved and 29% assessed them as stable.

First published by TASS.

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