Putin says he won’t congratulate Biden until ‘legal processes’ are completed

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Russian President Vladimir Putin refuses to congratulate Joe Biden on his election as president-elect on Saturday because there are “legal processes” to follow.

Russia would recognize a new president only on confirmation of the “official results”, declared Monday its spokesman Dmitry Peskov, without specifying what that would mean exactly.

“We believe the right thing to do is wait,” he told reporters. “President Putin has repeatedly stated that he will respect any choice made by the American nation.”

Former Vice President Biden defeated incumbent President Donald Trump in the White House race on Saturday, after securing the crucial 20 votes from Pennsylvania’s constituencies.

Relations between the United States and Russia are already at their worst since the Cold War, but the Kremlin’s position underscores a belief that things are unlikely to improve with a known adversary at the helm.

The personal relations between Vladimir Putin and Joe Biden are known to be problematic. In an interview with The New Yorker in 2014, Vice President Biden claimed he told Putin he had “no soul.”

With no official response over the weekend, Sunday propaganda shows were left to describe the likely position. In what appeared to be a deliberate snub, flagship Vesti Nedeli led with Friday’s news of the death of a famous Soviet comic book.

When he ended up reporting on the U.S. election, he portrayed Mr. Biden and Mr. Trump as feuding candidates accusing each other of fraud.

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