Senior Russian MP says too early to speak of thaw in Russia-US tiesRussian Politics & Diplomacy May 23, 2:26
NATO’s saber-rattling only impairs security of alliance's members — diplomatRussian Politics & Diplomacy May 22, 20:20
Russian sledge hockey team may compete in 2018 Paralympics — IPCSport May 22, 18:53
PM Medvedev says envoy’s murder 'left imprint' on Russian consulate’s work in TurkeyRussian Politics & Diplomacy May 22, 18:40
Peruvian fire-fighting service wants to buy Russian Mi-171 helicoptersBusiness & Economy May 22, 18:00
Putin sets task of accelerating work on super-heavy rocketScience & Space May 22, 17:55
Russian PM comments on decision to remove trade restrictions with TurkeyBusiness & Economy May 22, 17:39
Russia and its EU partners discuss entry point for Turkish Stream’s second lineBusiness & Economy May 22, 17:38
Austrian chancellor to address SPIEF-2017 on June 2Business & Economy May 22, 17:00
MOSCOW, March 25. /TASS/. The majority of Russians (84%) agrees with the decision of President Vladimir Putin on pulling out the bulk of the Russian air group from Syria, according to the results of a survey conducted by the Russian Public Opinion Research Center (VTsIOM).
"The president’s decision on the withdrawal of the main part of the Russian military contingent from Syria is viewed positively, with 84% of our fellow countrymen approving it (92% among those closely following developments in Syria). A mere 7% disagreed with it," sociologists said. In general, the attention to the Syrian conflict in our society is not waning. Three quarters of Russians say they are following developments in Syria, 24% of them regularly.
Meanwhile, 8% of those polled called the decision on pulling out the troops premature, 13% - overdue, and 64% said the withdrawal date had been chosen correctly, the rest were undecided. "Such a high approval percentage seems to stem from the confidence that the Russian military was able to achieve the goals that were set, that’s the opinion of 78% of the respondents," VTsIOM said.
According to 61% of those polled, the accomplishment of the tasks was the reason for the withdrawal of the main part of the Russian air group from Syria. On the other hand, half of Russians believe that Russia should rejoin the military operation if the situation deteriorates or if the peace talks fail. However, 28% said Russia should no longer be involved in it.
The VTsIOM survey was held on March 19-20, 2016, with 1,600 persons polled in 46 regions of Russia. The margin of error did not exceed 3.5%.