Despite deteriorating relationship between Moscow and Brussels, new survey reveals over half of Russians see EU in optimistic mild


55% of Russians have a optimistic perspective towards the European Union. That’s in keeping with a newly printed survey, which additionally found that 9% suppose Russia ought to try to change into a member.

New analysis printed by WCIOM, the state-owned All-Russian Center for the Study of Public Opinion, revealed that round half (48 %) of these surveyed would really like Russia to change into an equal accomplice within the EU. This is 15 % increased than those that stated the identical in 2008, marking a big change prior to now 13 years.

In latest months, relations between Moscow and Brussels have deteriorated. Following the alleged poisoning of opposition determine Alexey Navalny, the EU has imposed sanctions on Russian people and has threatened additional financial measures towards the nation.

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Last month, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov described the connection as “in tatters.” However, the common citizen appears to see the EU in a positive mild. However, the WCIOM survey revealed that simply 27 % of the questioned Russians have a destructive perspective in the direction of Brussels.

Of the folks questioned, greater than one-third (35 %) stated Moscow shouldn’t aspire to change into part of the EU, believing that Moscow won’t ever be handled as an equal accomplice by the West.

The ballot, carried out on February 24, additionally revealed that 9 % of individuals need Russia to change into a completely fledged member of the bloc. This determine is a big drop from the final time the ballot was taken, in 2008, when 36 % noticed the nation as a future a part of the EU.

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