Most Russian leaders were involved in the Soviet Union. Until their government is completely cleared of leaders with the Soviet mentality, they should be viewed as unfriendly.
I, as an American citizen, view Russia in general as an unfriendly country. This however does not mean that it is a bad country, moreover only exerting the pressure that comes from the power that such a large country naturally has.
Before, I was neutral, Russia felt for me more or less like a victim of the cold war.
Then I met a Russian and talk about the Gay Marriage with her, and she told me that Russia was against it, because they didn't wanted to loose their identity and become a progressist country like most rich countries are now. But during all the speech, she talked about what the Russia like or dislike eventhought the questions were about what SHE thought about it. So Russia wants to be free minded but it people isn't free of mind ?
So I'm kinda unfriendly. Saying that you don't want to progress because your country didn't want to is a huge deal for me.
Russia is a competitor in the global market like and other industrialized nation. Since Nixon opened trade with China and the end of the Cold War, the US, China, Russia, Great Britain, France and other powerful nations have realized that it is in their best interests to compete with each other in the global marketplace rather than on the battlefield. The may rattle sabers and initiate contained regional conflicts, like the US in Iraq and Russia in Crimea. However, all the major counties know that, in todays interdependent global market, expanding such conflicts or actually engaging in a conflict with each other would end up devastating their own economy, and that nuclear war is unthinkable.
Politicians in these countries may exaggerate the threat posed by another country and talk tough to gain votes, but the boundaries for the extent of such conflicts are known by all of them.
In my opinion Russia is the best ally my continent - Europe - can find. Why ? For the simple reason that America is a threat to peace, by attacking innocent countries for oil. I fully support a european military alliance with Russia to proove America we are not to be "friends", only "partners".