: Poll: Three-quarters of Russians believe Russia should continue its policy despite sanctions

18:08 Jun. 8, 2016

Poll: Three-quarters of Russians believe Russia should continue its policy despite sanctions

Russians at the Red Square after president Vladimir Putin signed the treaty of annexation of Crimea. March 18, 2014, Moscow, Russia. (GettyImages)

It is the highest level of support Kremlin experienced in last two years - sociologists

The poll by Levada Center shows three-quarters of Russians believe that their country should pursue its policy, despite Western sanctions.

Answering the question, how Russia should act in response to the sanctions of the Western powers, 75% of respondents answered "to continue its policy, despite sanctions," 17% – "to seek a compromise, to make concessions in order to escape the sanctions," while 8% could not answer the question definitely.

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According to the survey, this is the highest level of support for the Russian state policy in the past two years.

At the same time, 47% of respondents have a positive attitude toward the idea to lift the ban on the supply of food products from EU countries, 40% oppose this idea, while 13% could not answer the question.

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In addition, 71% believe that the European Union will extend sanctions against Russia in the summer, 15% have an opposite opinion, and 14% did not answer.

The poll was conducted May 27-30, 2016. The margin of error is within 4.1%.

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In March 2014, after the Russian troops invaded Crimea, Russia annexed the Ukrainian peninsula, having organized a sham "referendum" on self-determination. The self-proclaimed Crimean government said that 96.77% of participating voters had supported Crimea's accession to Russia.

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Ukraine designated the Crimean referendum as illegitimate. On March 18, 2014, the Kremlin signed the so-called "Treaty of Accession" regarding Crimea and Sevastopol, Russia's naval base in the Black Sea. Western countries did not recognize the annexation of Crimea and introduced a series of economic sanctions against Russia and Crimea.

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Reported by UNIAN

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