Russians consider the USA, Ukraine and Turkey their prime enemies, a recent study conducted by Levada-Center said.
According to Vedomosti, 72% of respondents believe that the United States of America is most hostile to the Russian Federation. Ukraine was ranked second (48%, in 2015 - 37%). The third most hostile country is Turkey: the figure has grown from one percent in 2015 to 29 percent in 2016.
Russia's most friendly states are Belarus (50%), Kazakhstan (39%) and China (34%), the poll said. Ten percent of the polled believe that Syria is a friendly country for Russia as well.
Noteworthy, speaking at a lecture at the Warsaw University Library, NATO's chief Jens Stoltenberg said: "NATO does not seek confrontation with Russia. We don't want a new Cold War. We don't want a new arms race."
According to him, Russia is the largest neighbor of NATO and plays a positive role in solving global issues, as was the case with the Iranian nuclear program, or chemical weapons in Syria. NATO would like to hold a new meeting of the Russia-NATO Council before the July summit in Warsaw, he added.
At the same time, Stoltenberg said that Russia was one of NATO's threats in the east.
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