(Washington Post) Before last week’s “Brexit” vote, British Prime Minister David Cameron claimed that Vladimir Putin (and the Islamic State) “might be happy” if the United Kingdom left the European Union. Putin responded that Russia had no interest in the U.K.’s internal affairs. But he added that Britons clearly were dissatisfied with the government’s military policy, which was encouraging migration – apparently referring to the U.K.’s airstrikes and other efforts in Syria.
Nevertheless, Russia’s political establishment clearly relished the Brexit victory. Among them, Russia’s small business ombudsman Boris Titov exclaimed on Facebook, “it seems it has happened: UK out!!!” He continued that the vote meant “the independence of Europe from the USA.”
But was it really a triumph for the Kremlin? Does it help Putin’s regime? […]
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