It’s been an election like no other in the US, where current President Donald Trump has been refusing to concede defeat. The disruption to traditional proceedings have caused conflict and controversy and made headlines around the world as Trump has refused to acknowledge his competitor Joe Biden as the US President Elect. Whilst Russia and the US have had a long contentious history, Putin has been one world leader refusing to recognise Biden in his new position – or at least until recently.
In a statement made six weeks after the voting however, Putin has finally congratulated the forthcoming US president on his win. The Russian president’s words of welcome however were minimal and frosty to say the least as he announced: “For my part, I am ready for interaction and contact with you.”
The questionable behaviour from Russia’s president follows a tumultuous history with America’s celebrity president, who has famously denounced Russia often and even accused the country of interfering in the 2016 election. In an unusual respect for the democratic process, Putin had previously declared he would not acknowledge America’s new leader until all the votes had been counted and the Electoral College had formalised the win, or one candidate conceded defeat.
The formal election of Joe Biden as the next President of the United States came on Monday 14th December 2020, when the Electoral College confirmed Biden had received the 270-votes he needed to win the White House. The result came after the state of California voted in Biden’s favour with its 55 electoral votes.
“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,” the Kremlin said.