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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 PutinHillicon Valley: Senate unanimously confirms Chris Inglis as first White House cyber czar | Scrutiny mounts on Microsoft's surveillance technology | Senators unveil bill to crack down on cyber criminals Ukrainian diplomat calls for Russia to withdraw after Biden-Putin summit Meghan McCain, Whoopi Goldberg spar over Biden's outburst at CNN reporter MORE congratulated President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenChinese apps could face subpoenas, bans under Biden executive order: report OVERNIGHT ENERGY:  EPA announces new clean air advisors after firing Trump appointees |  Senate confirms Biden pick for No. 2 role at Interior | Watchdog: Bureau of Land Management saw messaging failures, understaffing during pandemic Poll: Majority back blanket student loan forgiveness 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 TrumpChinese apps could face subpoenas, bans under Biden executive order: report Kim says North Korea needs to be 'prepared' for 'confrontation' with US Ex-Colorado GOP chair accused of stealing more than 0K from pro-Trump PAC 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 ThuneYellen: Disclosure of tax data to ProPublica a 'very serious situation' Sanders won't vote for bipartisan infrastructure deal Bipartisan infrastructure deal takes fire from left and right 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 BluntOvernight Health Care: Takeaways on the Supreme Court's Obamacare decision | COVID-19 cost 5.5 million years of American life | Biden administration investing billions in antiviral pills for COVID-19 Five takeaways on the Supreme Court's Obamacare decision GOP senator: I want to make Biden a 'one-half-term president' MORE (R-Mo.).