VLADIMIR Putin has FINALLY congratulated Joe Biden on his election win and says he is "ready to talk" with the US President-elect.
The Russian president was one of the last remaining leaders of major world countries to have held back on congratulating Biden, who was confirmed as the next US president by the Electoral College on Monday.
The Kremlin had said it would wait for the official results of the election before commenting on its outcome.
This was despite other nations congratulating Biden on the win in the days after the November 3 vote.
President-elect Biden has formally won the state-by-state Electoral College vote.
It was announced seconds after that Donald Trump's attorney-general, Bill Barr, will step down before Christmas.
Biden's victory has all but ended President Trump's campaign to overturn his loss.
Putin told Biden that he hoped both countries could set aside their differences to promote global security.
He wished the US president-elect every success and said that, "for my part, I am ready for collaboration and contacts with you," according to a Kremlin statement.
In his congratulatory telegram to Biden, Putin said that their countries "bear special responsibility for global security and stability."
He said he was confident that Russia and the US could, "despite their differences, really contribute to solving many problems and challenges that the world is currently facing."
Biden is expected to take a tougher stand against Russia than outgoing US President Donald Trump.
He had slammed Trump during the presidential campaign for having "embraced so many autocrats around the world, starting with Vladimir Putin".
Russia was accused of interfering in the 2016 US election to help get Trump elected, in the hope he would take a softer line with Moscow.
His congrats come as Putin's own future remains up in the air.
Putin is set to receive lifetime immunity which will protect him from prosecution outside his time in office.
Russian MPs have recently backed the president's plans which will see the draft law expand Putin's immunity for his entire life, not just during his term in office.
The proposal is part of a larger set of reforms announced by Putin which were approved in a nationwide vote earlier in the summer.
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