Putin remains steadfast, holds off on congratulating Biden over United States election win

Cheryl Sanders
November 24, 2020

Russian President Vladimir Putin said Russia is willing to work with any U.S. leader, but still isn't ready to recognise the election victory of Joe Biden until the victor is formally decided, The News reported, citing foreign media on Monday.

A report by New York Post indicates that President Vladimir Putin of Russian Federation has said that he is not ready to recognise Joe Biden as the projected victor of the U.S. presidential election.

The Russian leader who made the disclosure on Sunday, November 22, added that until all legal options are exhausted or one of the presidential candidates concedes he won't congratulate a victor.

Just days after the election was called in Biden's favour, Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters that this election is different.

Putin described the Kremlin's decision not to congratulate Biden as "a formality" with no ulterior motives.

Trump has refused to concede the election and has continued to pursue legal action in a number of states to try to overturn the results of the November 3 election.

The Democratic ticket of Joe Biden and his running mate Kamala Harris managed to win the presidency by winning 306 of the 538 Electoral College votes against Trump's 232. TASS reported that Putin explained that "Russia's authorities are ready to work with any U.S. President-elect but now it's important to wait until the vote count is completed and "the domestic political struggle" in the United States ends".

Brann noted the court was only provided with "strained legal arguments" which could not, at the very least, "justify the disenfranchisement of a single voter" in Pennsylvania.

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