Russians divided over possibility of new Cold War with U.S. - poll
Suppression of international terrorism (12 percent), prevention of a war (10 percent) and maintenance of amicable bilateral relations (8 percent) are the priorities of Russia-U.S. cooperation in the eyes of Russians.
The top ten cooperation areas also include economic contacts (5 percent), cultural and scientific exchanges (4 percent), nuclear and other disarmament (4 percent), space exploration (2 percent), settlement processes in the Middle East and Asia (2 percent) and trade (2 percent), the Russian Public Opinion Study Center (VTsIOM) said.
The Edward Snowden situation ranks first amongst problems in Russia-U.S. relations (9 percent). The struggle for international influence and the Middle East situation (6 percent each), military issues and different policies (5 percent each), and economic affairs (3 percent) are also significant obstructions.
The respondents were divided as to whether or not Russia and the United States might have a new "Cold War". Some 46 percent allowed for that scenario and 48 percent said such chances were low or even improbable (37 percent and 44 percent, correspondingly, in 2009).
The VTsIOM polled 1,600 respondents in 130 towns and cities in 42 regions.