- President Vladimir Putin is yet to release a statement following the loss of his friend, President Donald Trump at the US presidential election
- According to Putin, until the matter is settled, he will not recognise Joe Biden as the projected winner
- The Russian leader also said he believes the US and Russia relations have been ruined
A report by New York Post indicates that President Vladimir Putin of Russia has said that he is not ready to recognise Joe Biden as the projected winner of the US presidential election.
The Russian leader who made the disclosure on Sunday, November 22, added that until all legal options are exhausted or one of the presidential candidates concedes he won’t congratulate a winner.
Putin, speaking further during an interview on Russian state TV explained that he will work with whoever becomes the US president.
When asked if his refusal to recognise President Donald Trump or the former vice president would harm US-Russia relations, he replied, noting that the alliance has already been ruined.
In another report by Daily Mail, Putin revealed that the reason he is yet to recognise Biden is because the incumbent president and his friend, Trump, has not acknowledged the Democrat candidate's projected victory.
He went on to note that his decision to not congratulate Biden is 'a formality' with no ulterior motives.
Earlier, YEN.com.gh reported that the embattled American president expressed optimism on winning the US election as he continued to press lawsuits against the projected president-elect.
Trump, 74, is trailing behind the 77-year-old former senator and vice president in both electoral and popular votes after the November 3 presidential poll.
Although the international media have been recognising Biden as the projected president-elect who will take over in January after the final collation of the results, Trump is yet to accept defeat — a development jeopardising the country's democratic principle.
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