Russian President Putin congratulates Joe Biden on his election victory

FILE PHOTO: Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin (R) shakes hands with US Vice President Joe Biden during his March 10, 2011 meeting in Moscow.

Alexander Natruskin | Reuters

It took a while, but Russian President Vladimir Putin has now congratulated President-elect Joe Biden on his victory, the Kremlin said Tuesday, a day after the US electoral college voted for the Democrat’s defeat to President Donald Trump.

Putin sent a telegram to Biden to congratulate him, the Kremlin said.

“Putin wished the President-elect every success and was confident that Russia and the US, who have a special responsibility for global security and stability, can facilitate the resolution of many problems and challenges that the world faces despite differences of opinion,” said the Kremlin.

“Russian-American cooperation, based on the principles of equality and mutual respect, would serve the interests of both nations and the entire international community,” Putin added, according to the Kremlin.

“For my part, I am ready for interaction and contact with you,” said Putin.

On Monday the electoral college voted to cement Biden’s victory in the hotly contested November election.

While voting in the electoral college is typically a post-presidential formality, it had greater significance this time around, given Trump’s unsuccessful legal attempts to reverse the voting results and unfounded allegations of voting irregularities.

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