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Russia to wait for Trump’s concession speech before congratulating US President-elect Biden: Putin

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“We are just waiting for the end of the internal political confrontation,” Russian President Vladimir Putin said referring to Donald Trump’s refusal to make a concession speech acknowledging US President-elect Joe Biden’s Electoral College win.

File photo of Russian President Vladimir Putin (Photo Credits: AP)

Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Sunday that Russia is willing to work with whoever is officially declared the next president of the United States. The remarks, made during a broadcast on state television, reiterate Kremlin’s stance over not congratulating US President-elect Joe Biden just yet.

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Apparently referring to outgoing US President Donald Trump and the Republican party’s claims, Vladimir Putin said, “We are just waiting for the end of the internal political confrontation.”

“We will work with any person who will be given the trust of the American people. But who will be given this trust? It must either be indicated by political custom when one of the parties recognizes the victory of the other, or the final results of the elections are summed up in a legitimate, legal way,” the Associated Press quoted Russian President Vladimir Putin as saying.

The Russian president’s remarks come amid Donald Trump’s refusal to acknowledge the outcome of the US presidential election by making a concession speech. The Democratic ticket of Joe Biden and his running mate Kamala Harris managed to win the presidency by winning 306 of the 538 Electoral College votes against Trump’s 232.

The Trump campaign has now decided to appeal a federal judge’s dismissal of its effort to block the certification of votes in Pennsylvania. An appeal to the 3rd US Circuit Court of Appeals was filed in this regard on Sunday.

Almost all major countries, including India, have already congratulated US President-elect Joe Biden on his victory despite Donald Trump’s refusal to make a concession speech, contrary to American political tradition.

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