Russian President Vladimir Putin mentioned he’s ready to work with any U.S. chief, however nonetheless isn’t ready to recognize the election victory of Joe Biden.
“We will work with anyone who has the confidence of the American people,” Putin mentioned on Russian state TV Sunday. “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.”
The feedback are a number of the most detailed for the reason that election from Putin, one in every of a dwindling variety of leaders who haven’t acknowledged Biden as the following U.S. head of state. Russia, accused by U.S. intelligence businesses of intervening in 2016 to assist get Trump elected, has been cautious of Biden, fearing a rise in sanctions strain and clashes over human rights.
Putin described the Kremlin’s determination not to congratulate Biden as “a formality” with no ulterior motives. When requested if the transfer may harm U.S.-Russia relations, he mentioned: “there’s nothing to damage, they’re already ruined.”