Relations between Russia and the West hit such a low point this year that some saw a new Cold War in the making. So it might come as a surprise to hear that Russians view America more favorably than they have in years, as DW's Miodrag Soric learned.
The ruble plunged as the U.S. announced new sanctions against Russia over the nerve agent attack in the U.K. The currency sank to its lowest since November of 2016. The penalties, which are expected to come into effect on August 22, will limit American exports of sensitive goods and technology.