Former US ambassador to Russia, considered the results of the referendum in Britain Putin’s victory

Former US Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul called the victory of Russian President Vladimir Putin the results of the referendum on the UK’s membership of the EU, indicating victory Brexit supporters. About this he wrote on Twitter.

“. Today it is a huge victory for the purpose of Putin’s foreign policy, to pay tribute to him,” - said the former diplomat.

According to McFaul, although the victory of supporters of the refusal by the UK’s membership of the EU is not a personal merit of the Russian leader, but “of course, is its long-term goals in Europe.” “Putin has lamented the collapse of the USSR and the Warsaw Pact, so he was glad to see a split in the European unity”, - said the former ambassador.

June 16 Putin said that it is not necessary to link the issue of the UK release of the EU with Russia. “Actually, I think it is not very well wear a Russian to any problem, even to the one to which we have nothing to do in Russia for some scarecrow So intelligent people do not do.” - Said the head of state.

In May, a spokesman for the Russian president, Dmitry Peskov, Vladimir Putin commented on the use of the image in the discussions around the possible withdrawal of Great Britain from the European Union (EU). “For us is a new element in the use of the Russian factor or factors in Putin brexit topic (British exit, a possible way out of Great Britain from the EU - approx.” “)”, - the Kremlin official said.

This Peskov reminded the Russian president as saying that Moscow is interested in “building up of good, partnership and mutually beneficial relations with the EU as a whole and individually.”

Cameron himself said earlier that “Putin can be happy” if the UK out of the EU.

McFaul served as United States ambassador to Russia in 2012-2014.

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