Russian President Vladimir Putin said he is ready to work with any US leader, but still is not ready to recognise the election victory of Joe Biden. On Sunday President Putin said, “Russia is willing to work with whoever is officially declared the next president of the United States.” The remarks, made during a broadcast on state television, reiterate Kremlin’s stance over not congratulating US President-elect Joe Biden just yet.
Putin described the Kremlin’s decision not to congratulate Biden as “a formality” with no ulterior motives. When asked if the move could damage US-Russia relations, he said: “there’s nothing to damage, they are already ruined.”
The Russian president’s remarks come amid Donald Trump’s refusal; to acknowledge the outcome of the US presidential election by making a concession speech.
Apparently referring to the outgoing US President Donald Trump; and the Republican Party’s claim he added “We are just waiting for the end of the internal conflict confrontation.”
The Associate Press quoted the Russian President saying “We will work with any person who will be given the trust of the American people. But who will be given this trust? It must either be indicated by political custom; when one of the parties recognizes the victory of the other, or the final results of the elections; are summed up in a legitimate, legal way.”
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.