Putin congratulates Joe Biden on US election victory: Kremlin

Putin congratulates Joe Biden on US election victory: Kremlin

Moscow: Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday congratulated Joe Biden on his victory in the US presidential election, after Biden won the state-by-state Electoral College vote that officially determines the US presidency, the Kremlin said.

The Kremlin had said it would wait for the "official results" of the election before commenting on its outcome, even as other nations congratulated Biden on the win in the days after the November 3 vote.

"For my part, I am ready for interaction and contact with you," the Kremlin cited Putin as saying in a statement.

"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.

While Russia denies involvement, the FBI insists the sophisticated hack has Russian government involvement. Credit:AP

The Kremlin is widely believed to have been involved in the social media influence campaign that helped elect Donald Trump in 2016. Putin’s delay in accepting Biden as the winner of the 2020 election was interpreted by some as support for the Trump campaign's efforts to overturn the result.

Reuters, staff writers

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