A report published by Bloomberg Agency on Sunday, quoted Russian President Vladimir Putin as saying that he is ready to work with any American leader, but is still not ready to admit Joe Biden’s election victory.
“We will work with anyone who has won the trust of the American people,” Putin said on Russian state television on Sunday 22 November.
But this confidence can only be granted to a candidate whose victory the opposition party has recognized, or after the results are confirmed in a legitimate and legal manner.
These were among the most detailed comments since the election of Putin, one of a dwindling number of leaders who have not recognized Biden as the next president of the United States.
Russia, which US intelligence agencies have accused of interfering in 2016 to help elect Trump, was wary of Biden, fearing increased sanctions pressure and human rights skirmishes.
On the other hand, Putin described the Kremlin’s decision not to congratulate Biden as a “formality” without ulterior motives.
When asked whether this step is harmful to US-Russian relations, he said: “There is nothing that can be damaged, it is already damaged”.