Latvia, followed by Lithuania and Estonia, tops a list of perceived enemies in a recent survey of Russian public opinion, according to the Yuri Levada Analytical Center.
When asked which countries they considered as unfriendly to Russia, 49 percent of survey respondents mentioned Latvia. The poll of 1,600 adults was conducted May 13-17, according to Canada-based Angus Reid Consultants, which reported the Levada survey on its Web site.
Lithuania was mentioned by 42 percent of respondents and Estonia by 32 percent. Georgia and the United States were fourth and fifth on the “enemies list.” No margin of error was provided by Levada.
The survey was conducted just days after U.S. President George W. Bush sandwiched a visit to Moscow between stops in Latvia and Georgia. During the visit to Russia, Bush joined world leaders in marking Russia’s Victory Day and the 60th anniversary of the end of World War II in Europe. But in Latvia and Georgia, Bush had strong words for Russia and the legacy of the Soviet Union.
Latvia and Russia in early May also had been at loggerheads over a proposed border treaty.
When asked which countries they considered friends and allies of Russia, respondents in the Levada survey most often mentioned Belarus (45 percent), Germany (23 percent) and Kazakhstan (20 percent).
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