‘Congrats’: Vladimir Putin accepts Joe Biden’s triumph, at last

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Russian President Vladimir Putin despatched Joe Biden a congratulatory telegram after the electoral school formalised his victory within the November three election, making him among the many last world leaders to recognise the US president-elect.

Putin wished Biden luck and stated Russia and the US can contribute to fixing world issues, in keeping with a Kremlin assertion on Tuesday. “For my part, I am ready for cooperation and contacts with you,” Putin stated within the assertion.

The Russian president had beforehand stated he wouldn’t recognise the election outcomes till they had been accepted by Biden’s opponent or confirmed in a “legitimate” approach.

The Democrat’s electoral school win over President Donald Trump was finalised after electors in every state voted on Monday. Trump and his allies are nonetheless protesting the outcome, however with greater than 50 post-election lawsuits rejected, they haven’t any viable path to overturn it.

Putin’s telegram got here a day after hackers tied to the Russian authorities had been suspected of involvement in one of the vital audacious assaults on US authorities businesses in current reminiscence, as a part of a world marketing campaign involving malware inserted into updates by a software program maker.

Russia has denied involvement. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov dismissed the allegations, saying, “Once again, I can reject these accusations and once again I want to remind you that it was President Putin who proposed that the American side agree and conclude agreements (with Russia) on cyber security.”

Top Republican in Senate congratulates Biden

Mitch McConnell, the highest Republican within the US Senate, has congratulated Biden and vice-president-elect Kamala Harris on their election win. McConnell, who’s the Senate majority chief, is the primary elected Republican official to acknowledge Biden’s win. “The electoral college has spoken… I want to congratulate President-elect Joe Biden,” McConnell stated.

With inputs from businesses

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