Putin: Cameron called EU referendum to ‘blackmail Europe’

Russian President Vladimir Putin has suggested British Prime Minister David Cameron may have called a referendum on whether the UK should remain in the European Union (EU) “to blackmail Europe.”

In his first major intervention in the Brexit debate, Putin said Friday that Cameron had called the referendum to “scare” Europe.

“As for the prime minister of the UK, there is a great problem with Brexit, why did he initiate this vote in the first place? Why did he do that? So he wanted to blackmail Europe or to scare someone, what was the goal if he was against?” Putting said in St. Petersburg.

However, Putin refused to say which side he supported and said the decision is “the business of the people of the UK.”

“I want to say it is none of our business, it is the business of the people of the UK. I have my own opinion on this matter, I cannot talk about the result yet – no one knows about the result yet, I think it is 50-50 with a certain…

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