Former US Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul wrote a column on The Washington Post website, in which he explained why he believes Britain's decision to exit from the European Union is a victory for President Vladimir Putin.
According to him, for nearly 30 years, the West become more consolidated and the East - disintegrated. "This trend has now been reversed," - said the ex-ambassador.
McFaul said that Europe is now waning, while Russia, its allies and its multilateral organizations are coming together, receiving the new members.
"Putin, of course, was not the cause of the Brexit, but he and objectives of his foreign policy are on the verge to get a great benefit from this" - he wrote. According to him, the most important is the fact that Britain, as one of the principal critics of the "Russian aggression in Europe" within the EU, will no longer have a voice in Brussels.