Putin not ready to recognize Biden as president, says Moscow-US relationship ‘already ruined’

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President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin AP Photo / Susan Walsh

“We will work with all those who have the confidence of the American people. But this confidence can only be given to a candidate whose victory has been recognized by the opposing party, or after the results have been confirmed in a legitimate and legal manner ”. ”

It is Russian President Vladimir Putin explaining to Russian public television in an interview on Sunday why he is not ready to recognize Joe Biden as the next President of the United States.

Putin, one of the few remaining world leaders who did not recognize Biden as the winner of the election, was quoted by Bloomberg as essentially saying that he did not think what he said mattered at this point, as the relations between the United States and Moscow are “already ruined.” . “

Meanwhile, Trump still does not concede and continues to push legal action to overturn the results even as some of his staunch supporters, like former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, urge him to accept the result.

In 2016, Putin wasted no time in becoming one of the first world leaders to congratulate Trump on winning the election. Of course, unlike Trump this year, Hillary Clinton conceded the day after the vote.