17:10 Jun. 27, 2016
Putin's press officer: 'We have more questions than answers'
Moscow compares an uncertainty following Britain's referendum on its exit from the E.U. to the Soviet Union collapse.
Dmitry Peskov, Russian President Putin's spokesman, stated this on June 27, UNIAN news agency reports.
"Russia is the country, which experienced hard times in its history. Russia is the country, which went through the Soviet Union collapse. Many generations clearly remember the USSR dissolution period, it was a time of uncertainty. Of course, it would be unwise to draw a parallel (between these two phenomena). However, it is obvious that these are turbulent, unclear and unpredictable times [in the U.K.]. We know that different countries sometimes undergo such times", Peskov said.
The Kremlin says, decisions made in Scotland as well as declarations made in the British parliament are quite contradictory.
"This is why we say that the situation is still unclear and unpredictable", Russian President's spokesman explained.
Regarding the economic situation, Dmitry Peskov says that stock markets already negatively reacted to the Brexit vote.
"We are monitoring the situation because these are certain issues which lead to certain economic consequences. We have more questions than answers - and not only we but the British themselves and Brussels", the spokesman declared.
He adds that Moscow supports the idea of reviving good ties between his country and the U.K.
"Either Great Britain leaves or stays in the E.U., it won't definitely exclude a bilateral format of our relations. We traditionally support the idea of normalizing and reviving our relations, renewing relations in those fields which were suspended by the U.K.", Peskov said.
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He adds the E.U. was and still remains a major economic partner of Russia. Consequently, Moscow is interested - despite some controversies - in establishing strong mutually beneficial ties with the E.U. as well as with European member countries in particular.