AP News Analysis: Brexit raises new opportunities for Putin

July 6, 2016 7:52 AM

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MOSCOW — President Vladimir Putin has remained poker-faced as Britain voted to exit the European Union, but the Russian leader stands to gain significantly from the British departure, which would weaken the EU and create new tensions in the bloc.

With Britain facing a long and messy divorce with the EU, both London’s role and, consequently, U.S. influence over EU foreign policy will wither, helping Russia-friendly bloc members in their efforts to mend a rift with Moscow over the Ukrainian crisis.

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