President Vladimir Putin says Russia wants to talk to a strong Europe and will respect the outcome of Brexit vote. Rough Cut - subtitled (no reporter narration).
SUBTITLED ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION). STORY: Russia wants to talk to a strong Europe and will respect whatever choice Britons make about their country's future inside the European Union, President Vladimir Putin said on Friday (June 17), when asked about the prospect of Brexit. "Of course, Russia wants to talk to a strong Europe, because to have dialogue with a weak partner isn't worth the effort. One can always expect that somebody in someway will apply pressure on them and all agreements and cooperation plans will be ruined. But a strong partner will never allow such a thing to happen to them," Putin said at a joint news conference with Italian Prime Minister Mateo Renzi. "I think we should respect the choice of the people of United Kingdom regardless of whatever choice it will be. We just need to wait a few days and see what happens," Putin added. Putin added he had a personal opinion on the subject, but would not share it in public.