- The Kremlin deemed it “correct” to be patient until official results are published before President Putin finally congratulated the winner.
- When Mr. Biden was declared the winner, congratulations began flowing in in earnest from top world leaders.
- Donald Trump hasn’t considered Joe Biden the US President-elect nor conceded defeat.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has finally congratulated Joe Biden for his apparent victory in the US presidential election Monday. It has been over a month since the US held its presidential elections, subsequently won by the Democrat, Mr. Biden. It is worth noting that several world leaders already congratulated Mr. Biden within days of the election.
However, the Kremlin chose to hold its horses as it deemed it “correct” to be patient until official results are published before President Putin finally congratulated the winner. A Kremlin statement published on Tuesday said:
“Vladimir Putin wished the President-elect every success and expressed confidence that Russia and the United States, which bear special responsibility for global security and stability, despite their differences can truly contribute to solving many problems and challenges that the world is currently facing.”
President Putin noted that “Russian-American cooperation based on the principles of equality and mutual respect would be beneficial to people in both countries as well as the entire international community.” The Russian President added, “for my part, I am ready for cooperation and contacts with you.”
The United States held its presidential elections on November 3, but the vote count and subsequent tallying were characterized by a string of lawsuits filed by the outgoing head of state, Donald Trump. He alleges that the elections were marred by cases of fraud.
Even so, Mr. Biden was declared the winner, and congratulations began flowing in in earnest from top world leaders. That wasn’t the case with President Putin, who three weeks ago said that he would wait for the official result before he officially congratulates the winner of the elections.
“We will work with anyone who has the confidence of the American people,” President Putin said at the time on Russian state TV. “But that confidence can only be given to a candidate whose victory has been recognized by the opposing party, or after the results are confirmed in a legitimate, legal way.”
According to the speech by the Russian president at the time, he expressed respect for both the current President, Mr. Trump and the candidate for the post, Mr. Biden. Notably though, to date, Donald Trump hasn’t considered Joe Biden the US President-elect nor conceded defeat.
Analysts opine, however, that President Trump, whose 2016 presidential victory was largely celebrated by the Kremlin and the rest of the Russian political elite, ended up disappointing Putin.
With it, sanctions against Russia were increased, important disarmament agreements fell apart, and geopolitical tensions in general worsened. However, even as President Putin congratulates Mr. Biden, in Russia, nothing better is expected from an incoming Biden-Harris administration.
Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zajárova said on Sunday that in Moscow, they do not believe that there will be a significant change in relations with Washington ,with the assumption of power by Joe Biden.