Russia’s Putin congratulates Biden on winning U.S. election

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin has congratulated Joe Biden on winning the U.S. presidential election after weeks of holding out. Putin’s message to Biden on Tuesday came a day after the Electoral College confirmed Biden as the nation’s next president. The Russian president is one of the last world leaders to congratulate Biden. The Kremlin maintained Putin was holding off on doing so until the election results were officially confirmed. In his message, Putin wished Biden “every success” and expressed confidence that “Russia and the U.S., which bear special responsibility for global security and stability can, despite the differences, really contribute to solving many problems and challenges that the world is currently facing.”