Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Sunday that he was ready to work with any American leader and would congratulate whoever wins the US presidential election once all legal formalities have been resolved, Russian news agencies reported.
Putin has withheld comment, while President Donald Trump has taken legal action to try to reverse his Nov. 3 electoral loss to Democratic President-elect Joe Biden.
“We will work with anyone who has the confidence of the American people,” Putin said on state television.
But the winner must be named by the opposing party, which must acknowledge the victory of its opponents, or after the final results of the elections are legitimately and legally confirmed, Putin said.
That follows the Kremlin’s earlier comment that it would await the official results of the US presidential election before commenting on its outcome.
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