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.
Putin said that NATO increased its military personnel by 10,000 people in the areas where NATO troops should not even be in accordance with key documents
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