It's not a very flattering statistic, but a recent survey done by three American university professors found that only one in six Americans could find Ukraine on a world map. Most of the people questioned didn't' even know where to begin looking.
Russian diplomacy has always been tricky. When German chancellor Bismarck was informed the Russian ambassador to Berlin had died, Bismarck paused for a moment, and asked “Really? I wonder what could have been his motive?” — Things haven’t changed.