Russian President Vladimir Putin congratulated Democrat Joe Biden on his victory in the US presidential election.
Biden received 306 electoral votes against 270 necessary to win. Donald Trump got 232 votes.
In a telegram posted on the Kremlin website, Putin wished Biden “every success and expressed confidence that Russia and the United States, which bear special responsibility for global security and stability, can, despite their differences, really contribute to solving many of the problems and challenges that are now facing world”.
Vladimir Putin believes that with this in mind, Russian-American cooperation would meet the interests of both countries and the international community.
“For my part, I am ready for interaction and contacts with you,” the Russian president said in a telegram.
The US elections were held on November 3. After the announcement of the preliminary results, Donald Trump began to dispute the election results.
Joe Biden announced his victory on November 7, after which he was congratulated by the heads of more than 50 foreign states.
As a result of voting in the electoral college on Monday, its members officially gave Biden more than 270 votes necessary to certify his election victory.
After the last four electors to vote in Hawaii, Biden received 306 electoral votes, well above the threshold required to win. 232 electors voted for President Donald Trump.
Voting in the Electoral College is generally considered a formal procedure in the four-year calendar of the US presidential election. However, after a nationwide vote on November 3, Trump repeatedly stated that the vote in key states, where he lost to one degree or another to Biden, was rigged, which cost him his re-election.
The system of presidential elections in the United States is built in such a way that it is the electoral college that makes the final decision on who becomes the new president of the country.
Thus, on January 20, Biden should take office as President of the United States.