December 15, 2020 7:30 AM | With information from . and DPA
15 minutes. Russian President Vladimir Putin finally congratulated Democrat Joe Biden on Tuesday for his victory in the presidential elections in the United States (USA). He also expressed his hope that, despite the differences, both countries can cooperate to solve many problems facing the world.
“The President of Russia, Vladimir Putin, sent a congratulatory telegram to Joseph Biden on the occasion of his victory in the elections to the US presidency. “This was explained by the Russian presidency in a statement released in Russian and English.
Putin, one of the last to congratulate Biden, wanted to wait for the Electoral College to confirm the Democrat as president-elect on Monday.
“For my part I am ready for interaction and contacts with youPutin said in his congratulatory telegram published by the Kremlin. On more than one occasion, he has referred to the poor state of relations between the two countries in recent years.
“Damaged relationships cannot be damaged. Are already damaged“The Russian president himself said last November on the television program Moscow. Kremlin. Putin.
In his telegram, Putin wished Biden much success. In addition, he expressed his confidence that “Russia and the United States, which have a special responsibility for global security and stability, they can, despite their differences, really contribute to solving many problems and challenges facing the world today. “
The Russian president noted that with this in mind, a Russian-American cooperation based on the principles of equality and mutual respect “would serve the interests of the peoples of both countries and of the entire international community.”
Likewise, expressed hope that Biden’s stance on gun control will be an important element for a “possible interaction in the future”.
And is that On February 5, the only agreement to reduce nuclear weapons in force between the two powers, the START III or New START, expires.. At the moment, they have not agreed on an extension of it or negotiated new terms.
In October, Putin proposed to extend the treaty for one year without conditions. However, he did not mention the possibility of a mutual freeze of the nuclear arsenal as required by the US. Subsequently, the Foreign Ministry clarified that Moscow is prepared to take this step for 12 months, only if the reduction pact is extended for the same period nuclear weapons.
Although for the last 4 years the allegations of Russian interference in the US have been continuous, Putin and the outgoing US president, Donald trump, they maintained a good personal harmony. Quite the opposite of the Russian leader and Barack Obama (2008-2016).
Russian experts believe that the arrival of Biden to power will not improve relations between Moscow and Washington. In fact, they are at their worst since the Cold War.