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49% Russians unperturbed by West’s sanctions: Poll
March 31, 2014, 12:12 pm

A Pro-Putin demonstrators holds posters reading "We Believe Putin!" as others gather towards to Red Square in Moscow, Russia, Friday, March 7, 2014, with Spassky Tower, left, and St. Basile Cathedral, right, are in the background [AP]

A Pro-Putin demonstrators holds posters reading “We Believe Putin!” as others gather towards to Red Square in Moscow, Russia, Friday, March 7, 2014, with Spassky Tower, left, and St. Basile Cathedral, right, are in the background [AP]

Even as Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev reached Crimea, 49 per cent of Russians say they are not worried about Western sanctions on Russian over the annexation, data from independent pollster Levada Center revealed on Monday.

Only one-third of Russians surveyed were worried about possible international isolation due to the country’s position on Crimea, while just under half (49 per cent) remained unconcerned. The Russian Premier Medvedev has announced that Crimea and Sevastopol would become a special economic zone.

36 per cent of those polled by Levada said they were worried about a potential break of diplomatic relations between Russia and Ukraine, while 57 per cent were unperturbed by the possibility.

Just over one third of those surveyed reported they were concerned about the prospect of barriers to visiting Western countries.

Twenty-seven per cent felt puzzled by the news about the West’s sanctions and 35 per cent said they felt outraged.

Meanwhile, the majority of those asked explain the reaction of the USA and EU as a result of hostility towards Russia and a desire to take advantage of the situation in bringing pressure to bear on the country.

About 20 per cent of respondents believe that the West fails to understand the real situation in Ukraine.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, and the US secretary of state John Kerry held talks on Sunday night to seek a diplomatic solution to the Ukrainian crisis.

Moscow has proposed a federal structure for Ukraine where its many regions are free to engage in “external economic and cultural connections with neighbouring countries or regions”.

“Frankly speaking, we don’t see any other way for the steady development of the Ukrainian state apart from as a federation. Given the proportion of native Russians [in Ukraine], we propose this and we are sure there is no other way,” Lavrov told Kerry on Sunday in Paris.

After Crimea held a referendum earlier this month in which over 96 per cent of voters supported reunification with Russia, the US and EU imposed targeted sanctions against a number of top Russian officials.

Moscow last week slammed attempts to drive a wedge between Russia and its allies on the Ukrainian crisis after the US admitted it was trying to diplomatically isolate President Vladimir Putin.

TBP and Agencies

One Response to 49% Russians unperturbed by West’s sanctions: Poll

  1. Planet Peace South Africa Reply

    April 1, 2014 at 9:49 pm

    The world is tired of the constant interference, manipulation, invasions and wars of the US and its allies. The world now sees the US as a global bully, always attacking sovereign countries to further its own outmoded imperialist interests. US behavior in the Ukraine is as bad as it was in Syria and its despicable actions performed under guise of human rights, are alienating people and nations globally. Western arrogance prohibits it from understanding that Russia’s stance in the Ukraine is based on principles, on protection of people and the future of Ukrainians; that sanctions hold no water where lives and the future of a country is at stake. The world admires Russia for standing up for what is honorable and right and within International Law, while it tenaciously walks the talk to secure diplomatic solutions to conflicts. However, Russia must remain on the highest alert, as US reputation is no longer trustworthy.

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