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Trump Says Putin Was ‘Somewhat of a Beneficiary’ From Brexit

© Sputnik / Alexei Druzhinin / Go to the photo bankMay 27, 2016. Russian President Vladimir Putin during visit to Greece
May 27, 2016. Russian President Vladimir Putin during visit to Greece - Sputnik International
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Russian President Vladimir Putin was “somewhat of a beneficiary” from the United Kingdom’s decision to exit the European Union, US presidential nominee Donald Trump said Friday.

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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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.

“He said some very nice things about me. He is somewhat of a beneficiary,” Trump said, asked whether he and Putin were the biggest winners from Brexit.

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.

Presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton misread the situation by calling on the United Kingdom to remain in the European Union, her likely Republican rival Trump said.

"Well, she’s always misread everything," Trump told a press conference when asked whether Clinton misread the situation calling on the United Kingdom to remain in the bloc. "She’s misread this, and I was surprised that she was so bold," he added.

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