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Russia Interested in Prosperous EU, Brexit is UK’s Internal Issue - Kremlin

© REUTERS / Peter NichollsLondon Mayor Boris Johnson gestures during an "Out" campaign event, in favour of Britain leaving the European Union, at Europa Worldwide freight company in Dartford, Britain March 11, 2016.
London Mayor Boris Johnson gestures during an Out campaign event, in favour of Britain leaving the European Union, at Europa Worldwide freight company in Dartford, Britain March 11, 2016. - Sputnik International
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Russia is interested in the European Union remaining a major economic force but considers the British referendum to exit the 28-member bloc its internal issue, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Friday.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov - Sputnik International
Brexit Vote is UK's Own Business - Russian Foreign Minister
MOSCOW (Sputnik) – On Thursday, the United Kingdom held a referendum to determine whether or not the country should leave the European Union. According to the final results, 51.9 percent of voters, or 17.4 million people, decided to support Brexit, while about 16.1 million opposed it.

Peskov added that the EU is Russia’s very important trade and investment partner, and Moscow is interested in the EU remaining a major economic force, prosperous and predictable.

“I would like to recall the words that have been said by President [Vladimir] Putin: the Brexit subject is the United Kingdom’s internal affair and a topic of the relationship between the UK and the EU. The European Union is Russia’s very important trade and investment partner, so Moscow is interested in the EU remaining a major economic force, prosperous and predictable,” Peskov told reporters.

Earlier, Russian authorities repeatedly said that Britain's membership in the European Union is an internal matter of the UK and the EU, adding that Russia wants to see the EU united and strong.

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