: Poroshenko expects sanctions against Russia will continue despite Brexit

12:00 Jun. 24, 2016

Poroshenko expects sanctions against Russia will continue despite Brexit

Dawn breaks over the Palace of Westminster in London,as counting of the votes cast t in the EU referendum are counted, June 24, 2016. (AP Photo)

UK votes to leave E.U. in an historical referendum

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has commented on the results of the UK's historical referendum, where the country voted for leaving the European Union.

In a Facebook post, Poroshenko has expressed the hope that the UK will remain in United Europe and continue to protect European values.

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The President has also said he expects the sanctions against Russia to stay in place.

Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin has noted the UK remains Ukraine's important friend and partner. He added these relations are based on common understanding of fundamental principles and values.

Klimkin has said Europe has to "overcome considerable current and further challenges," and Ukraine has a "significant role in this process."

The Brexit supporters won by 52% to 48% with England and Wales voting strongly for Brexit, while London, Scotland and Northern Ireland backed staying in the E.U.

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