Russian President Vladimir Putin stated he’s able to work with any U.S. chief, however nonetheless isn’t prepared to acknowledge the election victory of Joe Biden.
“We are going to work with anybody who has the arrogance of the American folks,” Putin stated on Russian state TV Sunday. “However that confidence can solely be given to a candidate whose victory has been acknowledged by the opposing occasion, or after the outcomes are confirmed in a respectable, authorized method.”
The feedback are a few of the most detailed because the election from Putin, certainly one of a dwindling variety of leaders who haven’t acknowledged Biden as the following U.S. head of state. Russia, accused by U.S. intelligence businesses of intervening in 2016 to assist get Trump elected, has been cautious of Biden, fearing a rise in sanctions strain and clashes over human rights.
Putin described the Kremlin’s determination to not congratulate Biden as “a formality” with no ulterior motives. When requested if the transfer might injury U.S.-Russia relations, he stated: “there’s nothing to break, they’re already ruined.”