Nearly half, exactly 47% of 1,500 respondents in a recent poll carried out in Russia by the Public Opinion foundation believe Pakistan unfriendly. Just 22% believe otherwise.
In the meantime, Russia's citizens know very little about Pakistan. Just 17% of the respondents could correctly name Pakistan's capital city while 5% named Karachi, Kabul, Tehran, Baghdad, Istanbul, etc., 78% naming none. The majority (58%) of the respondents said their association with the name 'Pakistan' were negative, 18% did not care. Just 1% of all respondents sympathised with the country.
The said negative associations included war in the region (38%), terrorism (10%), aggression (3%), nuclear weapons and illegal drugs (2%), and poverty (1%).
As to the Indo-Pakistani conflict, 2% of the respondents sympathised with Pakistan, 40% - with India, and 22% said thei did not care.
Riyadh will not make contradictory statements, nor will it ask for explanations, as Moscow does in the case of the poisoning of Sergei Skripal
Representatives of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation commented on the state of affairs in the Sea of Azov