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Putin Finally Congratulates Biden on Winning U.S. Presidency

  • Russian president sent a telegram after Electoral College win
  • Putin is among last world leaders to recognize Biden’s victory
Vladimir Putin

Vladimir Putin

Photographer: Alexey Druzhinin/AFP/Getty Images

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Russian President Vladimir Putin sent Joe Biden a congratulatory telegram after the Electoral College formalized his victory in the Nov. 3 election, making him among the last world leaders to recognize the U.S. president-elect.

Putin wished Biden luck and said Russia and the U.S. can contribute to solving global problems, according to a Kremlin statement Tuesday. “For my part, I am ready for cooperation and contacts with you,” Putin said in the statement.