THE Kremlin still refuses to recognise President-elect Biden – claiming they will wait for an “end to the domestic political standoff”.
Asked yesterday about how Vladimir Putin viewed the White House top spot a spokesperson said "nothing has changed".
The Russian strongman has been reluctant to acknowledge or congratulate the incoming US President even after Donald Trump advised formal proceedings to transition to a Biden leadership could begin.
Speaking Tuesday, Russian press secretary Dmitry Peskov said the order to kick-off the transition process was "not enough" for the Kremlin to change its stance.
Mr Peskov added: "Reviews and recounts in some states are still continuing, without which the results of the election cannot be officially announced."
Speaking during a state TV interview on November 22, Putin said: "We are just waiting for an end to the domestic political standoff," adding there is “no hidden motive, that we like someone, or that we dislike someone”.
And asked about his relationship with the States he said: "You can’t spoil a spoiled relationship. It is already spoiled".
But back in 2016 Mr Putin was one of the first world leaders to congratulate the hotel tycoon on his presidency.
And time could be running out for the Russian to congratulate his pal's successor – who will officially be inaugurated on January 20 – after a wave of health fears.
It has been suggested the former KGB man could be battling Parkinson's disease and even cancer, and plans to resign early next year.
Meanwhile, the President finally relented this week allowing Joe Biden to begin the transition process into government after weeks of steadfast refusal to acknowledge the polls.
Trump and his team claim parts of the election were fraudulent and set in motion several legal requests and suits that saw recounts in several states – although the team are yet to provide any evidence.
The White House General Services Administration (GSA) wrote to President-elect Biden to signal the beginning of the handover on Monday, more than two weeks after election day.
Hours after the letter was released, Trump took to twitter again to say his team will never concede and brand the election "corrupt."
He also brought up the lawsuits his campaign team has filed in contested states.
"What does GSA being allowed to preliminarily work with the Dems have to do with continuing to pursue our various cases on what will go down as the most corrupt election in American political history?" Trump asked.
"We are moving full speed ahead. Will never concede to fake ballots & 'Dominion'", he added – referring to a voting tech company his campaign has claimed – without evidence – was compromised by Venezuela.
Trump vowed to continue with his campaign's legal battles to overturn the election result, although he also said the beginning of the process was in the country's best interest and thanked the GSA chief Emily Murphy.
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