Russian President Vladimir Putin congratulates US President-elect Joe Biden


Russian President Vladimir Putin has become one of the last world leaders to congratulate US President-elect Joe Biden on his victory.

The Kremlin had said it would wait for official results from November’s vote before recognizing the victory.

Mr Biden was confirmed as the winner on Monday by the Electoral College.

Most world leaders congratulated Mr Biden within days of the November 3 poll, when it was clear he had defeated sitting President Donald Trump.

Mr Biden and Mr Putin had frosty relations when the former served as vice-president under Barack Obama.

Democrat Joe Biden won November’s contest with 306 Electoral College votes to Republican Donald Trump’s 232.