Nearly a half of Russian citizens believe that tensions between Russia and the West arose after the annexation of Crimea will be naturally eased to normal.
This is evidenced by the results of a survey, held by the Levada-Centre in September this year.
The question «How will relations with Western countries after the conflict over Ukraine and Crimea develop?» was answered by 48% of respondents: «All will be gradually given an easy ride and our relationship naturally will return to that prior to the incident.» At the same time, 27% of respondents believe that Russia awaits «increase tensions and a new round of the cold war».
Another 25% of the respondents were undecided.
The survey was held on September 9-12 2016 among 1600 persons after 18 years old in 137 settlements of 48 regions of the Russian Federation.