The Kremlin announced on Monday that it will wait for the “official” results of the US presidential election before passing any comments or congratulating the winner.
Russian President Vladimir Putin, who has stayed silent on the matter since Biden claimed victory on Saturday, said he is aware that legal proceedings regarding the election results are still pending.
“We consider it correct to wait for the official results to be finalized. I want to remind you that President Putin repeatedly said he will respect the choice of the American people,” Mr. Peskov said.
“You can see that there are certain legal procedures that have been announced by the current president,” said the Kremlin spokesman.
“That is why the situations are different” as compared with 2016, Peskov added, “and we therefore think it appropriate to wait for an official announcement.”
Currently, some U.S. states are still counting votes, and President Trump has launched legal challenges to the results in several key states.
National Public Radio (NPR) recalled on the night of Nov. 7, 2000, major media outlets, including ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, Fox News, and the Associated Press, all declared a win for Al Gore, who was the incumbent vice president and the Democratic nominee for president
“Viewers around the country would soon see Gore’s face on screen as the projected winner of the presidency. Celebrations began in Democratic headquarters everywhere,” NPR noted in a 2018 service.
It took several weeks to finally sort out the results, which concluded in a victory for George W. Bush.
Meanwhile Jeb Bush, the former Governor of Florida, has already called it a victory for Joe Biden.