I have been trying to learn Russian and have come across many words that sound very similar to English words. This is particularly surprising because, unlike other European languages (which would sound similar as the roots of English and those languages are the same), the roots of Russian and English have been distinct and apart for a longer time. Russian, having originated from the Cyrillic script having words like water, problem, basketball, guitar, etc. sound so strikingly similar is something I cannot attribute simply to coincidence.
I dug a bit deeper into the similarity of Russian and other languages and found that it also shared some words with Sanskrit and this had me baffled as well. Any shedding of light on this topic will be appreciated.