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Ex-US envoy in Russia calls Putin winner following Brexit referendum

June 24, 11:58 UTC+3 MOSCOW
The former US envoy thinks results of the referendum "is giant victory for Putin's foreign policy objectives"
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Michael McFaul, a former US ambassador in Moscow

Michael McFaul, a former US ambassador in Moscow

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MOSCOW, June 24. /TASS/. The historic decision of the British people to leave the European Union is a victory of Russian President Vladimir Putin, Michael McFaul, a former US ambassador in Moscow, said on Friday.


"I genuinely complement Putin for his victory tonight on Brexit," he went on. "Tonight is giant victory for Putin's foreign policy objectives."

Some 52% of UK citizens (17.41 million people) voted on Thursday for leaving the European Union, while 48% (16.14 million) were in favor of remaining part of the bloc.

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