As the fallout from the Brexit rattles financial markets around the world, one country geographically close to all the drama may be pleased with the United Kingdom's decision to leave the European Union.
Russian Press Secretary Dmitry Peskov has repeatedly signaled since before the vote that his boss, President Vladimir Putin, has no skin in the game. But others disagree.
"It's a clear positive for Russia," Ian Bremmer, president of the geopolitical consultancy Eurasia Group, told CNBC. "Putin wants a weak Europe and a weak trans-Atlantic relationship, and it will help him undermine the U.S.-led sanctions regime as well as maintain a stronger lock on downstream energy relations to the continent."
The United States and European Union have held Russia under economic sanctions in retaliation for Putin's intervention in Ukraine's civil war.