Russian opposition leader Alexey Navalny congratulated President-elect Joe Biden on the win, while Russian President Vladimir Putin has not shared any congratulations.
Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris were declared winners by the Associated Press and national television networks as winners of Saturday’s 2020 presidential elections, when they crossed the 270 electoral votes threshold. President Donald Trump refused to give in, claiming unfoundedly that the Democrats had won through widespread voter fraud. While many world leaders congratulated Biden and Harris, Putin did not.
“Congratulations @JoeBiden and @KamalaHarris on the victory and the Americans have defined a new leadership in a free and fair election. This is a privilege that not all countries have. that the new level of cooperation between Russia and the United States, “Navalny wrote in a Twitter post on Sunday.
Newsweek Have contacted the Kremlin as well as the Russian Embassy in Washington for comment, but they did not immediately respond.
Navalny was poisoned with a nerve agent in August. He is currently in Germany to recover. While Putin’s government denies responsibility for the poisoning, Germany has threatened to issue sanctions against Russia if it fails to carry out a complete and transparent investigation. Navalny blamed Putin directly, and so did Biden.
Biden said in a statement posted on his campaign website: “Once again, the Kremlin used a fancy weapon – a Novichok-type chemical – in an attempt to silence a major adversary.” The mode of attack is no doubt where the responsibility lies – the Russian state This outrageous and shameless attempt at Mr. Navalny’s life is just the latest in the long history of murder and poisoning of dissidents, investigative journalists, anti-corruption activists and opposition leaders under the Putin regime. “
The President-elect has vowed to “do what Donald Trump refuses: work with our allies and partners to hold the Putin regime accountable for its crimes.”
Newsweek Reached out to the Biden campaign to comment on Navalny’s congratulatory tweet, but it did not respond immediately.
Mikhail Gorbachev, the last president of the Soviet Union, spoke of Biden in comments to Russia’s Tass news agency on Sunday. He described the president-elect as “a celebrity with a wealth of experience in both domestic and foreign policy.”
“I hope that Joe Biden will endeavor to normalize relations and restore trust between our countries. I believe that this is in the interests of both the US and Russia,” Gorbachev said.
After the 2016 election, Putin quickly congratulated Trump on his victory over Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. The Kremlin said in a statement at the time: “Putin expressed his hope that there would be joint efforts to restore Russia-US relations from the state of crisis, while at the same time addressing urgent international issues and finding effective responses to challenges related to global security “.
Trump has repeatedly said in favor of Putin and was pursuing a major real estate project in Moscow during the 2016 election campaign – though denying that he has a business interest in the country. The first two years of his presidency were overshadowed by an investigation led by special counsel Robert Mueller over whether the president’s campaign conspired with the Russians to interfere in the 2016 election. or not.
That investigation together with US intelligence agencies concluded that Russia meddled in the election to benefit Trump’s campaign. Although many Trump campaign officials and associates have been charged and convicted as a result of Mueller’s investigation, the special counsel’s investigation did not conclude that Trump or his campaign colluded with Russian.
Other world leaders, including UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel and the Saudi royal family all sent their congratulations to Biden. Chinese President Xi Jinping has not yet sent his congratulations.