MOSCOW — President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia received the geopolitical equivalent of manna from heaven on Friday when British voters opted to leave the European Union, speeding his long-term goal of weakening the most powerful alliance confronting the Kremlin as it seeks to rebuild its superpower muscles.
Officially, Moscow presented a sober facade, echoing the prevote stance by Mr. Putin and other senior officials that the British referendum was not their concern and would have no direct consequences on Russia.
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