Some Americans (and Europeans), especially the political class, need to get over their knee-jerk Russophobia– and should really stop all the hating. I loved my experiences in Russia. The people are very generous and have big hearts.
The US seems to be upset that Russia is taking its rightful place as a global superpower. It makes it more difficult for the US to go around the world doing whatever it wants, whenever it wants, to developing countries (like Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Somalia, Panama, Yugoslavia, Yemen, Pakistan, Vietnam, Iran, Chile, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Cambodia, Laos, Cuba, and so on and so on).
My next trip….visit Montreal again.