Russian President Vladimir Putin said Sunday that the United States faces a problem in its electoral system, reaffirming in passing that he will refrain from congratulating Democrat Joe Biden as president-elect until the final election result is announced.
As Breitbart News indicates, Putin is among the few leaders who have refused to recognize Biden and his vice-presidential candidate, Kamala Harris.
He said he has no “ulterior motive” for such a decision and is just waiting for the outcome of the legal action brought by Trump’s team in different states for election fraud.
“Formalities must be followed based on established practices and legal standards. There is no ulterior motive or anything that could serve to further degrade our relationship. It is a purely formal approach,” Russian President Rossiya 1 told the station.
The Russian president said that it is merely a purely formal approach, stating that it is not that the Russian government has any preference.
“We are simply waiting for an end of this internal political confrontation,” Putin said.
Putin added that the Russian government was willing to work with anyone who has the American people’s confidence.
He took the opportunity to explain that he had not congratulated Biden because he disagreed with the U.S. electoral system, suggesting that the electoral college was not democratic.
“It is quite evident—it is clear for everyone in the world—it seems to me that it is clear for Americans, there are problems in the U.S. election system,” Putin said.
“A candidate, who wins in this or that state, he gains all votes of the electors. For example, there are 20. Gained 11 but took all 20. But it may be that there are fewer voters behind these electors.”
As the New York Post points out, President Trump has not yet recognized the election’s outcome.
His legal team has taken legal actions in different states to expose the evidence about what he calls massive voter fraud.
Weeks ago, he said that legal disputes might end up in the Supreme Court. “It’s not a question of who wins—Republican, Democrat; Joe, myself. We can’t let that happen to our country. We can’t be disgraced by having something like this happen,” Trump said.
“We won these and many other victories despite historic election interference from big media, big money, and big tech,” President Trump said Nov. 5, according to a White House statement.
For its part, the Russian government also has its sights set on censoring international social media platforms such as Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter. According to The Moscow Times, a bill was released last week to block them, arguing they have been censoring Russian State media.
The move, led by the Prosecutor General’s Office and the Russian Foreign Ministry, plans to identify foreign platforms that restrict Russians’ ability to publish content, allowing Russia’s federal media regulator, Roskomnadzor, to block them in whole or in part.