Anti-American sentiment rises in Russia

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Anti-American sentiment in a major world power is through the roof: A whopping 71 percent of Russians believe America plays a negative role in the modern world, according to new numbers from Levada, an independent polling center.

That marks a surge since September 2013, when roughly half of Russians viewed America's role in international politics negatively.

Since then, relations between America and Russia have chilled to the coldest point since the Cold War. The two countries have been at odds over conflict in Ukraine and now, the war in Syria. Russian president Vladimir Putin supports his ally and arms customer Syrian president Bashar al-Assad, while America supports the Syrian rebels fighting Assad and Islamic extremists in the region.

Russia began a bombing campaign in Syria in late September, claiming it hit Islamic State targets. But the U.S. Defense Department, waging its own anti-ISIS campaign, accused Russia of hitting Syrian rebels instead.

To avoid confrontation between the nations' planes, the U.S. Defense Department and Russia's armed forces held discussions on Friday about sharing airspace.

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