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    US President Barack Obama said on Friday that the United Kingdom will remain close to the United States after Brexit, and will remain one of the strongest NATO member states.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) —On June 23, a nationwide referendum was held in the United Kingdom, in which 51.9 percent of voters supported the country withdrawing from the European Union. After the official results were revealed, UK Prime Minister David Cameron, who had led the Remain campaign, said he would resign in October.

    "I have no doubt that the UK will remain one of Nato’s most capable members — a nation that pays its full share for our common security and is a leading contributor to alliance missions. And, given the current threats facing Europe, I fully expect that Britain will continue to be a major contributor to European security," Obama wrote in his article for the Financial Times.

    Obama said that the issue of Brexit raised significant questions about the future of European integration, but expressed confidence that Britain and the European Union would be able to agree on a transition to a new relationship.

    He stressed that NATO countries were determined to stay focused  on ensuring financial stability and growing the global economy.

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