85% of Europeans have never been to Russia. This was the result of a survey carried out by the Agency for Social Information at the request of Rosbalt news agency. As Director of the Agency for Social Information Roman Mogilevsky announced at a Rosbalt round-table discussion, only 15% of respondents had actually been to Russia themselves. 10% said family members had been to Russia while 18% said friends and acquaintances had been to Russia.
72% of respondents said they would like to visit Russia, whether it be for the first time or not. Only 16% said they are not interested in visiting Russia.
1500 people from 12 Western European cities took part in the survey, including Amsterdam, Brussels, Vienna, Hamburg, Copenhagen, London, Madrid, Oslo, Paris, Rome, Stockholm and Helsinki. The survey was carried out in the native languages of participating countries between April 20 and May 5, 2003.
The co-author of this disaster is the Dutch government, which did not find either strength or desire to save the lives of its citizens who were flying on that plane. The Dutch authorities did not demand Ukraine to comply with international aviation regulations
On the second day of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum, a plenary meeting was held, in which Russian President Vladimir Putin, French President Emmanuel Macron, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Chinese Vice President Wang Qishan and IMF head Christine Lagarde took part