On Friday, the Kremlin expressed its fear that Britain’s resolution to leave the European Union would not cause instabilities in its relationship with Russia. It went on to emphasize that Moscow would benefit most from a strong and predictable European Union.
The spokesman of the Russian President Dmitry Peskov said that Putin ‘hoped the decision to leave the EU would not hurt Britain’s bilateral ties with Russia’ although the president has not comment on the outcome of the referendum.
Peskov told reporters, “We have a very complicated history… in bilateral relations; we can’t always say that our British partners are ready to communicate and cooperate.”
“We hope that in the new reality, the understanding of a necessity to build good relations with our country will prevail.” He added.
Russian relationship with Britain have has been tainted in the last few years due to the case of Kremlin critic Alexander Litvinenko who was killed in London by polonium poisoning.
In addition to being accused of coming in between EU members, a lot of critics have predicted that Putin would be put the vote to his advantage.
UK’s PM, David Cameron, tweeted, “Without Britain, nobody will keep fighting so hard for EU sanctions against us”
He also asserted, “The topic of Brexit is Britain’s domestic issue and an issue of its relations with the EU.”
“The EU is a very important trade, economic and investment partner of Russia, and Moscow is of course interested in the EU staying a big economic power, one that is flourishing, stable and predictable.” He added.
Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev also commented on Brexit, saying its effect on markets has generated “additional risks for the world economy, and therefore, for our economy.”
In a statement, Russia’s foreign ministry stated that the vote had “shown there are serious contradictions in the European Union.”