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The Biggest Winner In Brexit? Vladimir Putin & Russia

A lot has been said about the implications of the Brexit to nations, but nothing can be concretely proven yet. However, if there is one consensus many analysts have reached, it is that Russia and Vladimir Putin wins politically following the United Kingdom’s departure from the European Union. There are a number of reasons why.

A Win for Russia

Russian Press Secretary Dmitry Peskov claimed repeatedly that President Vladimir Putin has nothing to do with the Brexit game but many disagree.

“It’s a clear positive for Russia,” CNBC quoted Ian Bremmer, president of the geopolitical consultancy Eurasia Group.

“Putin wants a weak Europe and a weak trans-Atlantic relationship, and it will help him undermine the U.S.-led sanctions regime as well as maintain a stronger lock on downstream energy relations to the continent,” Bremmer added.

Russia has been under economic sanctions from United States and European Union.

“Publicly, Putin hasn’t made a meal of this. Privately, he’s surely rather pleased with himself,” said Bremmer.

Brexit Means a Weak Britain?

A report from News seems to agree that while Putin maintained that Russia is not interfering on the matter, he and Russia still have a stake when UK leaves the EU. Putin, however, did say that because the two main parties were unable to successfully run a Remain campaign meant and expressed “arrogance and a superficial approach from the British leadership to issues that are vital to their country.”

Putin also noted that the Brexit vote only revealed that the British were “not happy with the resolution of security issues, which have sharply deteriorated on the back of strong flows of migrants.”