Despite the widely publicized reset in Russian-U.S. relations, almost three fourths of Russians still see the U.S. as a potential aggressor, according to a survey by an independent pollster.
Only 9% of Russians said they saw U.S. as a country promoting "peace, democracy and order" on the globe, while 73% said it was "an aggressor seeking to establish control over all countries." The remainder of the respondents were unable to answer.
The majority of the respondents do not consider it necessary to improve relations with the U.S., with some 36% in favor of less cooperation with the States, and 40% saying that the relations should be maintained on the current level.
Only 14% said that the two states should seek closer ties. The remainder of the respondents were unable to answer.
In addition, only 3% of Russians believe that their country should join NATO. However, 26% say cooperation with the alliance on common threats is in Russia's interests.
The majority of the respondents (37%) said Russia should not join any military blocks, while 25% said Russia should counter NATO's eastward expansion and create its own defense blocks.
Some 42% of Russians believe that Russia should pay attention to the Western criticism of Russia, while 45% say it can be ignored.
Some 1,600 people took part in the poll conducted by the Levada Center on February 26 - March 4, with a statistical margin of error below 3.4%.
MOSCOW, March 25 (RIA Novosti)