[Ed. – Or hears them, I guess. Someone will make that terribly banal, unimportant point, so, yes, the figure of speech here is garbled. Deal with it. Meanwhile, Putin was supposed to think Brexit was a good thing. Has he changed his mind? Or is he now throwing gas on the fire to encourage even greater hysteria in the West?]
The upheaval in the U.K. after its Brexit referendum in favor of leaving the European Union has similarities to the 1991 collapse of the Soviet Union, according to Russian President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman.
While it’s “unreasonable to draw direct parallels,” it’s obvious that the U.K. is going through a “turbulent, confusing and unpredictable period,” Dmitry Peskov told reporters on a conference call Monday. Russia “has gone through the collapse of the Soviet Union and many generations clearly remember the period of the Soviet collapse, that period of uncertainty.” …
In the “current fragile situation, one black swan can pull others along with it,” Russian Finance Anton Siluanov said Friday in Moscow, referring to the economic impact of rare unpredictable events. Russian policy makers should be ready for negative scenarios in the global economy, he said.
The Kremlin is following events closely because of potential economic consequences, though there are “more questions than answers” now, Peskov said.