On Tuesday, Russia’s President Vladimir V. Putin congratulated Joseph R. Biden Jr. on winning the American presidential election, more than a month after the Democrat was elected president of the United States.
Although President Trump declined to recognize the election results, Mr. Putin’s lengthy pause in offering congratulations was widely seen as a prelude to the frosty relationship between the Kremlin and Mr. Biden’s White House. On Tuesday, after Mr. Biden’s win was confirmed by the Electoral College, the Kremlin ended its wait and declared that Mr. Putin had sent a “congratulatory telegram” to the former vice president marking his “victory in the U.S. presidential election.”
“The mode of attack leaves no doubt as to where the Russian state is responsible,” Mr. Biden said in September of the Navalny poisoning, criticizing Mr. Trump for inaction. As President, I’m going to do what Donald Trump refuses to do: collaborate with our allies and partners to keep the Putin regime responsible for their actions.