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The Russian leader said victory must first be recognized by outgoing President Donald Trump. There is currently a growing constitutional crisis in the United States as Mr. Trump will not concede defeat. Mr. Putin said on Sunday: “We will work with all those who have the confidence of the American people.”

But he added that this confidence can only be given if the new president “is recognized by the opposing party, or after the results are confirmed in a legitimate and legal manner”.Mr. Biden was announced as president-elect two weeks ago.

However, Mr. Trump said he lost the election because of election fraud.

The outgoing president is contesting votes in key states that cost him his re-election.

According to Bloomberg, Mr Putin said there was no ulterior motive in preventing him from recognizing the new president.

When Mr. Trump was elected president in 2016, Mr. Putin was extremely quick to offer his congratulations.

However, a spokesman for Mr. Putin, Dmitry Peskov, told reporters that this election was different.

Mr Peskov said: “Obviously you can see that some legal procedures are getting there.

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“These were announced by the outgoing president.

“The situation is different, so we consider it correct to wait for the official announcement. ”

Mr. Biden is known for his support for Ukraine in its opposition to Russia’s annexation of Crimea and the invasion of eastern Ukraine.

Mr Peskov said Putin’s congratulatory message would be accompanied by an expected protocol.

Mr Peskov added: “I remind you that Vladimir Putin has said more than once that he will respect any choice of the American people.

“He will be ready to work with any chosen president of the United States. ”

Speaking about Mr. Biden, former Soviet Union President Mikhail Gorbachev said: “I have met him on several occasions.

“I got the impression he understood the importance of relations with Russia.

“I hope Joe Biden will strive to normalize relations and restore trust between our countries. “



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