Russians do not like the United States, Ukraine and Turkey. According to the latest poll, the three nations were considered the top threats as they are perceived hostile to Moscow given the recent tensions. Will the disapproval translate to war?
Russia’s Top Enemies
It is an understatement to say that Russia has been “making enemies” here and there regardless if it likes it or not. Controversies and military confrontations with Ukraine, Turkey and the United States have strained relations and increased tensions that Russia’s citizens are also feeling it.
According to a report from RT, independent pollster, the Levada Center, conducted the research and found the US, Turkey and Ukraine as the top three most hostile nations in the eyes of the Russian people.
Belarus, Kazakhstan and China, on the other hand, are seen as the friendliest.
Specifically, the report found that 72 percent of the Russians saw the United States as the least friendly to Moscow. Ukraine came in second with 48 percent while Turkey ranked third with 29 percent.
The report added that the researchers allowed the participants to name several other countries. The perception about the United States remained the same year-on-year, as around 73 percent of the Russians saw it was the most hostile back in 2015. Ukraine, on the other hand, seemed to be gunning higher on the list as last year’s perception only placed the country at 37 percent compared to the 48 percent this year.
Russia vs. US
The poll may have some truth to it as Russian Deputy Defense Minister Anatoly Antonov recently claimed that the United States denied discussing Washington’s missile defense program. Antonov said that the initiative was “very dangerous,” thus the much needed dialogue. Previously, Russian President Vladimir Putin warned both Poland and Romania that they could be targets for the Russian rockets if they agreed to hosting such elements.
“We have offered them cooperation many times and found ways we could solve the situation … But we did not manage to convince them to continue dialogue on this issue. As I understand it, now is not the best time for them to hold consultations,” Reuters quoted Antonov.