US leadership's approval rating in Russia hits new low: Poll

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Only one percent of Russians approved of American leaders and their actions in 2015, a Gallup poll has found, the lowest record measured in the past decade.

The new survey, published last week, marked a 3-point drop compared to 2014, when 4 percent of Russians expressed their approval of American leaders.

The figure “reflects the increasingly tense relations with the US since the crisis in Ukraine and the threat that many Russians, as well as residents of several former Soviet states, feel the US now poses to their countries,” Gallup’s Julie Ray wrote.

Relations between Russia and the West specially strained after Crimea declared independence from Ukraine on March 17, 2014 and formally applied to become part of Russia following a referendum a day earlier.

The United States and its European allies have imposed a harsh regime of economic sanctions against Russia, accusing Moscow of destabilizing Ukraine. Moscow, however, rejects having a hand in the…

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