Look, I love winter particularly when it is on the other side of the Earth in another hemisphere.
So it is not surprising we love the Russians and the Americans for the same reason.
Winter in Russia and America is just so far away. I can barely imagine it. To get some idea I have to watch snowy movies of winter in Norway. Gosh it looks cold, and a bit threatening, I remember the unprepared German soldiers caught in Russia's winter having their eyelids frozen off.