Russian President Vladimir Putin has reportedly announced that he is unwilling to recognize Joe Biden as the winner of the US presidential election because Donald Trump did not recognize the Democrat's victory.
Biden was named president two weeks ago in the election against Trump, who refused to admit. The president has also ordered his team to file numerous electoral fraud claims against key states that cost him re-election.
Putin, who has not yet congratulated Biden on his victory, said on Russian state television on Sunday: "We will work with anyone who has the confidence of the American people."
"However, this confidence can only be given to a candidate whose victory has been recognized by the opposing party or after the results have been legitimately confirmed," Putin said, according to Bloomberg.
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Russian President Vladimir Putin has reportedly announced that he is not ready to recognize Joe Biden as the winner of the US presidential election
Putin (pictured with Biden in 2011) said the decision not to congratulate Biden was a "formality" with no ulterior motives. He also said that US-Russia relations were "ruined" by Belief.
Putin said the decision not to congratulate Biden was "a formality" with no ulterior motive.
He also said that US-Russia relations were "ruined" by Belief.
When Trump won in 2016, Putin promptly congratulated him – but Trump's challenger in this election, Hillary Clinton, also conceded the day after the vote.
Just days after the election in Biden's favor, Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters that the election was different.
"Obviously, you can see that there are certain legal proceedings pending there that have been announced by the incumbent president. So this situation is different. We therefore feel it is right to wait for the official announcement," he said.
Peskov suggested that in due course a message of congratulations would come from Putin with all the expected minutes.
"I remind you that Vladimir Putin has said more than once that he will respect any choice made by the American people and be ready to work with any elected President of the United States," he said.
For now, Putin's reluctance is allowing a delay in answering this difficult question of how relations can be improved.
When Trump (pictured with Putin in June 2019) won in 2016, Putin promptly congratulated them – but Trump's challenger in this election, Hillary Clinton, also conceded the day after the vote. Trump has yet to admit
Although Russian politicians widely praised Trump's election in 2016 and expected him to keep his promises to improve relations, his government disappointed Moscow with sanctions and expelled numerous Russian diplomats after the poisoning of double agent Sergei Skripal in the UK. and authorizing the sale of lethal weapons in Ukraine.
However, Russia is characteristically cautious about democratic US governments because they tend to criticize Russia on human rights and democracy issues.
Biden embodied this approach in 2011 on a trip to Russia as Vice President in a speech at Moscow's Statue University, the country's most prestigious higher education institution.
“Don't compromise on the basic elements of democracy. You don't need to do this fist trade, ”he said to the students.
Biden is also spoiled in Russia's eyes for being the leading man in the Obama administration in Ukraine after the uprising that drove the country's pro-Kremlin president from power in 2014. Russia claimed these protests were fueled by the United States.
Russian officials often blamed the difficulties in Moscow-Washington relations during the Trump administration of alleged "Russophobia" inherited from the Obama years. Some politicians expect this could increase under Biden.
“With a Democrat victory, one can expect revenge from all non-conservative forces around the world. This means more Russophobia in Europe, more deaths in (Eastern Ukraine) and many other hot spots in the world, and politically motivated sanctions when we talk about the direct and simplest consequences, "said Konstantin Kosachev, chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee in the Upper House of Parliament , whose views generally correspond to those of the Kremlin.
"The Biden government could return to a much more assertive policy in the post-Soviet space, which is always extremely worrying for Moscow," Fyodor Lukyanov, editor of Russia In Global Affairs magazine, told the state news agency Tass.
Both noted, however, that a Biden government is more likely to be more suited to international cooperation, especially on arms control such as the renewal of the new START treaty between Russia and the US, which expires next year.
Kosachev also suggested that Biden's election would largely eliminate complaints about Russian interference in elections, thus paving the way for arms deals.
“We don't think Washington will be sobering, but at least one major irritant can go away. Isn't that a reason for resuming negotiations, for example on arms control? We're definitely ready, ”he said.
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