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Kremlin hopes to improve ties with UK after Brexit

June 24, 2016, 12:35 UTC+3

According to the spokesman, Kremlin does not link Brexit with possible easing of sanctions against Russia

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Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov

Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov

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TASHKENT, June 24. /TASS/. The Kremlin hopes Russia’s relations with the United Kingdom will improve after the British people voted to leave the European Union, presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Friday.

"We hope that the understanding to build good relations with our country will prevail in the new realities," Peskov said.

He said Russia’s current ties with Great Britain are quite complicated.

"We cannot always observe readiness for communication and cooperation," Peskov said.

Brexit is internal matter of the UK

According to Peskov, the UK exit from the EU is an internal matter of London and its relations with Brussels, the press secretary of the Russian president.

"Brexit is an internal matter of the United Kingdom and an issue of relations between Britain and the EU," he said.

Peskov said that President Vladimir Putin will meet reporters and comment on this topic later on Friday.

According to the president's press secretary, the EU is an important trade and economic partner of Russia, so "Moscow is interested in the EU being economically strong, prosperous, stable and predictable."

He said Kremlin does not link Brexit with possible easing of sanctions against Russia.

"This process is discussed irrespective of Britain," Peskov said.

He added that, if "Britain’s exist from the EU takes place, this is a lengthy process."

"Besides, regardless of whether Britain is a EU member or not, there are very different views within the European Union itself regarding the sanctions policy and its effectiveness. There are arduous discussions there. Different countries have varying degrees of interest in developing trade and economic cooperation and maintaining good relations with Russia. They have a different understanding of the fact that there is no alternative to good relations between the EU and Russia," Peskov said.

At the June 23 referendum, some 52% of Britons (17.41 mln people) voted in favor of Brexit and another 48% (16.14 mln people) chose to remain in the EU.

After the announcement of the referendum results British Prime Minister David Cameron said he would resign following the defeat of European integration supporters.

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