Russian President Vladimir Putin congratulated Joe Biden on his victory in the US presidential election Tuesday, when the Electoral College officially affirmed Biden’s win.
While many world leaders already congratulated President-elect Biden, the Kremlin said at the time that it deemed it “correct” to wait for the official affirmation before Putin congratulated the winner.
“Vladimir Putin wished the President-elect every success and expressed confidence that Russia and the United States, which bear special responsibility for global security and stability, despite their differences can truly contribute to solving many problems and challenges that the world is currently facing,” a Kremlin readout said on Tuesday.
Putin said that “Russian-American cooperation based on the principles of equality and mutual respect would meet the interests of people in both countries as well as the entire international community.”
“For my part, I am ready for cooperation and contacts with you,” the Russian President said.
It’s contrast to 2016, when the Kremlin congratulated US President Donald Trump within hours of the race being called, Biden’s administration will have a very different thought towards Russia.
Biden had called Russia “the main threat” to US national security in an interview. Kremlin spokesman Peskov responded by saying that such rhetoric amplified “hatred towards the Russian Federation.”
Due to the election, the two countries did not reach a deal to extend a key arms reduction treaty signed by Presidents Obama and Dmitry Medvedev in 2010, which the Trump administration wanted ahead of election day.