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Friday, December 9, 2016

Ex-US Ambassador about the British referendum: Putin just won


Former U.S. Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul believes that the outcome of the referendum on the UK exit from the European Union affected the foreign policy of Vladimir Putin.


photo: Sergei Ivanov

Michael McFaul, commented on the results of the British referendum. We will remind that supporters of the exit of the United Kingdom from the European Union won the victory, breaking the barrier of 17.1 million votes.

The former head of the US diplomatic mission in Moscow, wrote that he is shocked by the results of the vote. “Losers: EU, UK, US, those who believe in a strong, United, democratic Europe. Winners: Putin”, — he wrote in his Twitter.

Shocked by #Brexit vote ! Losers: EU, UK, US, those that believe in the utility of a strong, united, democratic Europe. Winners: Putin.

— Michael McFaul (@McFaul) 24 June 2016.

McFaul believes that the outcome of the vote in a national referendum on membership in the European Union is the result of foreign policy of the Russian President. “Tonight is a great victory for Putin’s foreign policy. Give him credit,” said the diplomat.

Not always, but tonight is a giant victory for Putin’s foreign policy objectives. Give him credit. https://t.co/9kXQQiT3nC

— Michael McFaul (@McFaul) 24 June 2016.

He also congratulated the Ministry of foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin and Deputy Alexei Pushkov.

Congratulations @PutinRF, @mfa_russia, @DRogozin , @Alexey_Pushkov. A great victory tonight.

— Michael McFaul (@McFaul) 24 June 2016.

The McFaul stressed that he does not blame Putin that the British voted to secede from the EU.

Putin is not to blame ! Cameron’s fault. Putin just won. https://t.co/gl5ov5yQUy

— Michael McFaul (@McFaul) 24 June 2016.

According to the former Ambassador, Britain’s withdrawal from the EU is beneficial to the Russian leader. The same view is held by the Minister of foreign Affairs of great Britain Philip Hammond. In his opinion, Putin should rejoice in the results of the referendum.

“This morning he (Vladimir Putin. — ed.) feel less pressure and more excitement about their prospects to achieve a softening of EU sanctions in the end”, — quotes RIA Novosti words of Hammond.

Last week Vladimir Putin has refused to comment on the issue of possible British exit from the EU, Recalling prevailing in the West the tendency to place the responsibility on Russia at every opportunity.

“Some kind of conspiracy here, the Russian came up with. My friend from Germany said that he had a flood and was under the impression that you and the flood to blame… I think it’s not very well — tacked Russia to any problem and make it the Scarecrow,” — said the head of state.

Britain out of the EU after the referendum. Chronicle of events

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