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Not ready yet to recognise Biden as US President, says Vladimir Putin

Relations between the 2 nations already ruined; nothing to be damaged, he said

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Vladimir Putin | US Presidential elections 2020 | Donald Trump

Natasha Doff | Bloomberg 

Russia's President Vladimir Putin speaks at a meeting. Photo: Reuters
Confidence can only be given to a candidate whose victory has been recognised by the opposing party, or after the results are confirmed in a legitimate, legal way, Putin said

Russian President said he’s ready to work with any US leader, but still isn’t ready to recognise the election victory of

“We will work with anyone who has the confidence of the American people,” Putin said 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 comments are some of the most detailed since the election from Putin, one of a dwindling number of leaders who haven’t recognized Biden as the next US head of state. Russia, accused by US intelligence agencies of intervening in 2016 to help get Trump elected, has been wary of Biden, fearing an increase in sanctions pressure and clashes over human rights.

Putin described the Kremlin’s decision not to congratulate Biden as “a formality” with no ulterior motives. When asked if the move could damage US-Russia relations, he said: “there’s nothing to damage, they’re already ruined.”

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First Published: Mon, November 23 2020. 01:41 IST
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