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Putin congratulates Biden on election win

Putin congratulates Biden on election win
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Russian President Vladimir PutinVladimir Vladimirovich PutinFor better or worse: Which way will US-Saudi relations go under Biden? How to rethink Russia sanctions Tucker Carlson bashes CNN, claims it's 'more destructive' than QAnon MORE congratulated President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenHouse Democrats pass sweeping .9T COVID-19 relief bill with minimum wage hike Biden to hold virtual bilateral meeting with Mexican president More than 300 charged in connection to Capitol riot MORE on his Electoral College victory on Tuesday after refusing to acknowledge his win in the weeks after the election.

“For my part, I am ready for interaction and contacts with you,” Putin said in a statement from the Kremlin.

Putin “wished the President-elect every success and expressed confidence that Russia and the United States, which bear special responsibility for global security and stability, can, despite their differences, effectively contribute to solving many problems and meeting challenges that the world is facing today,” according to the Kremlin.

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The Electoral College officially voted to confirm Biden as president on Monday after weeks of fruitless legal challenges from President TrumpDonald TrumpBiden to hold virtual bilateral meeting with Mexican president More than 300 charged in connection to Capitol riot Trump Jr.: There are 'plenty' of GOP incumbents who should be challenged MORE's campaign and allies, including two state lawsuits the Supreme Court declined to hear.

After Biden’s victory was first projected in November, Putin refused to acknowledge the win, suggesting he would wait until the legal challenges had played out.

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“We are just waiting for the end of the internal political confrontation,” he said at the time.

Trump has refused to concede the election, despite the court losses and the final electoral vote on Monday. After state electors cast their votes, several Republican senators who had initially resisted acknowledging the result conceded Biden is president-elect, including Senate Majority Whip John ThuneJohn Randolph ThuneGraham: Trump will 'be helpful' to all Senate GOP incumbents Cruz hires Trump campaign press aide as communications director Senate GOP works to avoid having '22 war with Trump MORE (R-S.D.).

"In my view that's how, in this country, we decide presidential elections. That's our Constitution, and I believe in following the Constitution," Thune told reporters.

"We've now gone through the constitutional process, and the electors have voted, so there's a president-elect,” added Sen. Roy BluntRoy Dean BluntPartisan headwinds threaten Capitol riot commission Passage of the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act is the first step to heal our democracy Microsoft, FireEye push for breach reporting rules after SolarWinds hack MORE (R-Mo.).