McFaul congratulated Putin with a “giant victory” in the referendum in Britain

Former U.S. Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul has called President Vladimir Putin a “winner” in the referendum on the British exit from the European Union. He wrote about this in his Twitter.

“In shock from voting for Brexit! Losers: EU, UK, USA who believe in the usefulness of a strong, United, democratic Europe. Winners: Putin”, — said McFaul.

McFaul also congratulated Putin, the Russian foreign Ministry, Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin and the head of the Duma Committee on international Affairs Alexei Pushkov “great victory”. McFaul then asked: “Putin always wins, isn’t it?”

“Not always, but today it is a giant victory for Putin’s foreign policy goals. Give him credit,” — said the former American Ambassador.

Not always, but tonight is a giant victory for Putin’s foreign policy objectives. Give him credit.

— Michael McFaul (@McFaul) 24 June 2016.

The Russian leader, according to McFaul, is not responsible for the results of the vote, but they fit his long-term goals in Europe. “Putin is not to blame! Cameron’s fault. Putin just won,” concluded McFaul.

In a referendum held in the UK on Thursday, 51.9% of voters opted for secession from the Union. This decision is not legally binding, but it is “politically binding”. EU member state may leave the Union via article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty. The government must inform the European Council about his plans, and that, in turn, creates methodological guidelines for the exit.

British Prime Minister David Cameron has said he will resign after the results of the referendum. According to him, he will leave will leave his post until the autumn.

is an online broadcast on the UK’s exit from the European Union.