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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Anti-U.S. Opinion Shift




MOSCOW -- Anti-Western feelings that swept Russia during NATO's air war against Yugoslavia have started to fade, an opinion poll expert said Thursday.


In March, when the air war began, polls showed 49 percent of Russians thought "badly" or "very badly" about the United States.


"In May and especially in June when the first coordination between Moscow and the West was achieved the hostility started to dwindle," said Yury Levada, director of the VTSIOM public opinion research center.


"[In August] for the first time since the beginning of the year, we have recorded a positive balance in Russians' attitude toward the United States," he said. VTSIOM put the number of those viewing the United States favorably in August at 49 percent while 32 percent still had a negative attitude.