More than three quarters of Russians (81%) are aware of the threat of nuclear attack on the DPRK the US and South Korea, however, only 13% believe that the DPRK poses a threat to Russia, involving the use of weapons of mass destruction.
Often potential aggressors, the Russians call the USA (50%) and the terrorist group al-Qaida* (32%), according to VTSIOM , citing data from survey conducted may 10-11.
15% of respondents expressed the view that such a threat for countries unable to provide the militants in the North Caucasus. 7% of respondents identified as potential aggressors, Britain and China, 6% Iran, 3% France and Pakistan, 2% – Israel.
That the appearance of nuclear weapons in the DPRK is a potential threat to Russia’s national interests, say 39%, while 52% disagree.
If the weapons will be used, then, most likely, in the USA (so consider 51%) or South Korea (33%). Russia as a possible object of attack called for only 3%.
In the case of use of nuclear weapons on the Korean Peninsula among the possible consequences for Russia in the first place referred to environmental issues: pollution (14%), radiation (14%). on the other hand, noted political risks: strained relations (7%), global conflict (6%), military threat (5%), etc.
In relation to countries developing nuclear weapons, 41% of respondents offer to provide freedom of action, 38%, however, believe it necessary to isolate them from the world community to prevent a new nuclear arms race.
In connection with the threat of a nuclear conflict on the Korean Peninsula, the majority of Russians do not support any of the parties, and the participation of Russia are allowed only as an intermediary in the negotiations (73%), absolute non-interference act of 19%.
The poll was conducted on may 10-11, 2017 among 1.2 thousand respondents over 18 years through telephone interviews. The statistical error does not exceed 3.5%.
In the night from 13 to 14 may, the DPRK made the start of a ballistic medium-range missiles from Koson (province’s Do). She flew about 700 km and fell into the sea of Japan at a distance of about 100 km from the seaside.
Television in North Korea reported that the launch was successful. According to the Central Telegraph Agency of Korea, the rocket “Hanson-12″ “capable of carrying heavy nuclear warhead”. The Russian military said that was tracking the rocket and could “guaranteed to neutralize”.
May 15, Russian President Vladimir Putin on a press-conferences following the results of visit to China, said that Russia acts categorically against expansion of the nuclear club, including at the expense of North Korea, but, considering the unacceptable missile and North Korea’s nuclear tests, advocates for a return to negotiations.
In the United States statedthat the actions of the government of North Korea, which, despite the protests of the West, continue to conduct missile and nuclear tests threaten the security of not only the US but also Japan, South Korea, China and Russia, and called on all countries in the region, especially China and Russia, to do everything possible to stabilize the situation.
*Al-Qaida is a terrorist group banned in Russia.