Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny congratulated President-elect Joe Biden on his victory, while Russia’s President Vladimir Putin has yet to offer congratulations.
Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris were declared winners of the 2020 presidential elections by the Associated Press and national television stations on Saturday, having crossed the 270 vote threshold. President Donald Trump has refused to back down with the baseless claim that the Democrats won through widespread electoral fraud. While many world leaders have congratulated Biden and Harris, Putin has not.
“Congratulations to @JoeBiden and @KamalaHarris on their victory and to Americans for defining the new leadership in a free and fair election. This is a privilege that not all countries are entitled to. I look forward to the new level of cooperation between Russia and the United States,” Navalny wrote in a Twitter post on Sunday.
Congratulations to @JoeBiden and @KamalaHarris on their victory and to the Americans for defining the new leadership in a free and fair election. This is a privilege that not all countries are entitled to. I look forward to the new level of cooperation between Russia and the USA.
– Alexey Navalny (@Marine) November 8, 2020
Washington Newsday turned to the Kremlin and the Russian Embassy in Washington, D.C., for comment, but they did not respond immediately.
The Navalny was poisoned with a nerve gas in August. He is currently in recovery in Germany. While Putin’s government has denied responsibility for the poisoning, Germany has threatened sanctions against Russia if it does not conduct a full and transparent investigation. The navy has directly accused Putin, as well as Biden.
Biden said this in a statement on his campaign website: “Once again the Kremlin has used a favorite weapon – an agent from the Novichok chemical class – in an attempt to silence a political opponent. The nature of the attack leaves no doubt where the responsibility lies – with the Russian state. This monstrous and brazen attack on Mr. Navalny’s life is only the latest incident in a long history of killing and poisoning dissidents, investigative journalists, anti-corruption activists and opposition leaders under the Putin regime.
The President-Elect vowed to “do what Donald Trump refuses to do: to work with our allies and partners to hold the Putin regime accountable for its crimes.
Washington Newsday turned to the Biden campaign for a comment on Navigny’s congratulatory tweet, but did not react immediately.
Mikhail Gorbachev, the last president of the Soviet Union, spoke positively about Biden in a commentary to the Russian news agency Tass on Sunday. He described the president-elect as “a well-known personality with a lot of experience in both domestic and foreign policy.
“I hope that Joe Biden will strive to normalize relations and restore trust between our countries. I am confident that this is in the interest of both America and Russia,” said Gorbachev.
After the 2016 election, Putin Trump quickly congratulated Trump on his victory over Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. “Putin expressed the hope that they would work together to restore Russian-American relations from their state of crisis, and also to address pressing international issues and seek effective responses to the challenges of global security,” the Kremlin said in a statement at the time.
Trump has repeatedly spoken positively about Putin and pursued a major real estate project in Moscow during his 2016 election campaign – although he denied that he had any business interests in the country. The first two years of his presidency were overshadowed by an investigation led by Special Advisor Robert Mueller into whether the president’s campaign had conspired with the Russians to interfere in the 2016 elections.
This investigation, together with the U.S. intelligence services, concluded that Russia interfered in the election to promote Trump’s campaign. Although several Trump campaign officials and employees were charged and convicted as a result of Müller’s investigation, the Special Advisor’s investigation did not conclude that Trump or his campaign had conspired with the Russians.
Other world leaders, including British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, French President Emmanuel Macron, German Federation