Russia and China waiting for official result before congratulating Biden


Russia and China are waiting for official result before congratulating Joe Biden even as leaders of other countries have done so.

Russia said it would wait for the official results of the presidential election before commenting on its outcome, and that it had noted incumbent Donald Trump’s announcement of legal challenges related to the vote.

President Vladimir Putin has remained silent on the issue since Democrat Joe Biden clinched the presidency on Saturday, four days after the Nov. 3 election, clearing the threshold of 270 Electoral College votes needed to win the White House.

China, also held off from pronouncing itself and congratulating U.S. presidential election winner Joe Biden.“We noticed that Mr. Biden has declared election victory,” foreign ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin told a daily media briefing. “We understand that the U.S. presidential election result will be determined following U.S. law and procedures.”