Vladimir Putin congratulates Joe Biden

Russian leader Vladimir Putin congratulates Joe Biden on winning election

Just hours after the Electoral College elected Joe Biden the next president, formalizing the former Democratic vice president’s win in the Nov. 3 election, Russia’s leader Vladimir Putin on Tuesday acknowledged Biden’s victory, saying he “wished the president-elect every success” and was “ready for interaction and contact

Vladimir Putin congratulates Joe Biden

Russian news agency Tass reported on Tuesday that Putin had sent a telegram to Biden, congratulating him after his formal victory in the Electoral College on Monday. Although Biden was projected to be the president-elect more than a month ago, Putin had declined to offer his congratulations as President Donald Trump’s legal challenges proceeded ahead of the Electoral College vote.

McConnell did congratulate Biden later on Tuesday morning after news of Putin’s message to the president-elect broke. “Our country has a president-elect and a vice president-elect. The Electoral College has spoken. I want to congratulate President-elect Joe Biden,” McConnell said from the Senate floor early Tuesday morning.