Putin has finally congratulated Joe Biden after the Electoral College confirmed Trump's defeat
- Russian President Vladimir Putin has finally called and congratulated Joe Biden on winning the US presidential election
- It comes more than a month after the final votes were cast, and several weeks after most world leaders.
- "For my part, I am ready for interaction and contact with you," Putin told the President-elect.
- Trump's initial refusal to concede the election formally to Biden allowed Putin to amplify the president's conspiracy theories about the US election.
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Russian President Vladimir Putin has finally congratulated Joe Biden on winning the US presidential election more than a month after the final votes were cast and several weeks after most world leaders.
The Kremlin had previously said that Putin would wait until the Electoral College confirmed the results of the election on Monday before formally recognising Biden as the President-elect, despite Russia having been one of the first world leaders to congratulate Donald Trump on his victory.
A Kremlin spokesperson said in a statement cited by Reuters that "Putin wished the president-elect every success and expressed confidence that Russia and the United States, which have a special responsibility for global security and stability, could, despite their differences, really help to solve the many problems and challenges facing the world."
"For my part, I am ready for interaction and contact with you," Putin told the President-elect, per the statement.
Putin was one of the last major world leaders to congratulate Biden on winning the election, with most countries having congratulated Biden shortly after the final polling day on 3 November.
"We believe the correct thing to do would be to wait for the official election result," said a Kremlin spokesman on 9 November, per NBC News, citing the fact that President Trump was seeking lodging multiple legal challenges to challenge, none of which have since been successful.
Trump's initial refusal to concede the election formally to Biden allowed Putin to amplify the president's conspiracy theories about the US election, a move which analysts say could aid Russia's strategic goal of undermining faith in the US democratic system.
"It's totally obvious, it's clear for everyone in the world, it seems to me, that for Americans it's clear that there are problems in the US electoral system," Putin told Russian state television, according to a Wall Street Journal report.
Biden began receiving congratulatory from world leaders in the days after major networks called the election for the Democratic candidate. The president-elect held calls with the leaders of France, Germany, Ireland, and the UK on 10 November while even China recognised Biden's election win by 13 November.