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Russians Feel Better About Americans After Trump-Putin Summit

Russians are feeling much better about Americans after the Trump-Putin summit in Helsinki, Finland. Russian independent pollster Levada shows a marked decrease in anti-Americanism after the meeting between the two leaders.

Some 83 percent of respondents told Levada that they closely followed or heard about President Vladimir Putin’s first sit-down meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump on July 16. The summit was largely seen as a success by Russian politicians and in state-run television coverage.

For the first time since 2014, the number of Russians who said they had “positive” feelings towards the United States (42 percent) outweighed those who reported “negative” feelings (40 percent), reported The Moscow Times.

The other factor weighing on Russian public opinion is the sharp drop in living standards they have experienced since the annexation of Crimea in 2014 and the general increase in tensions with the West.

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