Putin congratulates Biden after Electoral College win
Russian President Vladimir Putin has become one of the last world leaders to congratulate US President-elect Joe Biden on his victory.
The Kremlin had said it would wait for official results from November’s vote before recognising the victory.
Democrat Biden won November’s contest with 306 Electoral College votes to the Republican incumbent’s 232.
Mr Trump still refuses to concede, making unsubstantiated claims of widespread fraud.
Confirmation by the Electoral College was one of the steps required for Mr Biden to take office.
In a blow to Mr Trump, one of his main Republican allies, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, congratulated Mr Biden on Monday.
Most world leaders congratulated Mr Biden within days of the 3 November poll, when it was clear he had defeated Mr Trump.
Mr Biden and Mr Putin had frosty relations when the former served as vice-president under Barack Obama.
Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has also finally congratulated Mr Biden but Brazil’s President, Jair Bolsonaro, has still not done so, nor has North Korea’s Kim Jong-un.
According to a Kremlin statement, Mr Putin wished Mr Biden every success and said he was “ready for collaboration and contacts with you”.
He “expressed confidence that Russia and the United States, which have a special responsibility for global security and stability, could, despite their differences, really help to solve the many problems and challenges facing the world”, the statement added.