Despite Russia’s Somber Facade, Glimpses of Joy Over E.U. Referendum

June 24, 2016 1:24 PM

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Despite Russia’s Somber Facade, Glimpses of Joy Over E.U. Referendum

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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