What the UK Leave Vote Means for Russia

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Ever since the Brexit referendum results were made public, experts of all stripes regardless of their legitimacy have inundated the media with their forecasts, predominantly gloomy ones. The assertion that Russia will benefit considerably from Brexit was a recurring theme there. Naturally, it is impossible to name future winners and losers in world politics as it can be done in sports. All the more so as the UK leave vote does not affect Russia directly. However, apparently the referendum changes international relations root and branch. Moreover, Russia will have to pursue its foreign policy in a new environment.