There is nothing wrong with your position, and if you don't feel ready for starting a long term relationship right now, you may try to start with friendship.Beware though, that a lady can accept somebody else's offer, even if she really likes you, just because she is not sure about your intentions.
You may laugh at it, but we grew up feeling very sorry for you guys, who were so mercilessly exploited, and very happy for the fact that we were born in Soviet Union. I have a personal experience of living through the process of finding a foreign husband, and I see my own marriage to a western man as liberation, which it certainly was if you compare the level of freedom in post-Soviet Russia and in the west with its centuries-old democratic traditions.While some reporters enjoy speculating about "men buying women - women selling themselves", this is just as valid a description as "exploiter-exploited" for employer-employee relationship.I am not selling you a "docile, submissive Russian bride".I am telling what is the difference in character between Russian women living in Russia and western women living in the west.They all study English at school for 7 years (Grades 5-11).
English is a compulsory subject at universities and colleges and one will not be able to get her degree without completing a 3-year course of English through her tertiary education.They do it because they want to meet a suitable partner for marriage. They don't have a different type of character, and they also love shopping and chatting.They are human beings and they are definitely not perfect. Another important difference is that Russian women (and Russians in general) have very low self-esteem. While Western women think that they are goddesses and able to cope with anything on their own, a Russian woman (living in Russia and married to a Russian man) will rarely leave a bad (really BAD) husband because of the fear that she won't find another one.The differences are not Ukrainian women are more outgoing and open, Russians are more reserved.At the same time a Ukrainian wife is more likely to argue about the things than a Russian.The main difference is that they are much more patient and can tolerate things that Western women will never be able to bear. For many years the state and men have been oppressing them, and they don't think much about themselves.