: Russia: Brexit unlikely to affect E.U. sanctions

19:06 Jun. 24, 2016

Russia: Brexit unlikely to affect E.U. sanctions

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Kremlin officials claim to be interested in highly developed and stable European Union

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Friday that the U.K. vote to leave the E.U. is unlikely to impact Europe's decision to prolong sanctions on Russia.

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"The sanctions process is discussed irrespective of Britain", Peskov told reporters. "Firstly, if this happens, a U.K. xit from the European Union, this process will not occur in one day. Secondly, whether or not Britain is the member of the E.U., there exists a lot of different views about the E.U. itself, about the sanctions policy, and the effectiveness of these sanctions. We have seen that these issues are the subject of intense debates in Brussels. Different countries are interested to different extents in developing trade and economic cooperation, maintaining good relations with Russia," Peskov said answering the question whether the U.K. exit from the E.U. would weaken the position of those countries that support sanctions.

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At this, Peskov added Russia "is interested in the E.U. being economically strong, prosperous, stable and predictable."

"I would like to repeat what has already been said by President Putin: Brexit is a domestic issue of the United Kingdom and the issue of its relations with the E.U. The European Union is Russia's very important trade and investment partner," Peskov noted.

Reported by UNIAN

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