Nearly half of Russians fear Moscow's intervention in Syrian conflict could lead to World War III, The Independent cited a latest poll.
Moscow, a key ally of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, has been conducting bombing raids in Syria since September 2015.
Forty-eight per cent of Russians said they were concerned "heightened tensions in relations between Russia and the West could grow into World War III"
, while 42 per cent said they were not concerned about the prospect.
The remaining ten per cent said the question was too difficult to answer, according to a poll of 1,600 from across Russia conducted by the independent Levada research centre last week.
Russian air strikes in Syria have negatively affected the way the country is seen internationally, 32 per cent said.
However, 52 per cent of Russians said they back Moscow's air strikes, while 26 per cent said they opposed them.
Responding to a question about whether Russia should continue "intervening in what is going on in Syria,"
49 per cent said yes while 28 per cent said no.
When asked if they thought the U.S. and Western countries could find common ground with the current leaders of Russia and Syria, 35 per cent said it was likely or very likely, while 39 per cent said it was unlikely or very unlikely.