For several years now, the Kremlin and its allies have courted Euroskeptic political movements in what has been widely seen as an effort to undermine unity in the European Union’s Russia policy – including sanctions for Moscow’s intervention in Ukraine.

 

Britain

 

Now, following the stunning result of June 23 “Brexit” referendum, the EU is set to lose one of its strongest proponents of a hard line on Russia, a development that some European officials say threatens the bloc’s resolve in its dealings with Moscow.

 

“Nobody can imagine that our voice in the European Union will carry weight as of today,” British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond told the BBC on June 24. He said the result of the referendum likely pleased Russian President Vladimir Putin.