In recent weeks, he has repeatedly said that he can only congratulate one of the candidates when their election victory has been officially determined or when the losing candidate has admitted defeat.
The fact that the press declared someone the winner of the election was not enough for Putin as confirmation of the election result.
It would be interference in the internal affairs of the United States to congratulate someone whose election has not yet been determined beyond doubt.
And since Putin always speaks out against external interference in the affairs of other states, he could not have behaved any differently from his own understanding than to wait and see.
In the end, however, Putin should not care who won the election.
More anti-Russian sanctions have been imposed under Trump, who has repeatedly spoken out in favor of a better relationship with Russia, than under Obama.
And Trump has canceled the important INF treaty and the NEW START treaty is also barely salvageable, so in terms of nuclear disarmament, Trump was the super gau from Russia's point of view.
Add to that Trump's termination of the nuclear agreement with Iran and other things.
Trump has not been a friendly president from Russia's point of view.
Whether Trump made this policy because he wanted to make it or because he was forced to do so for domestic political reasons doesn't matter from Russia's point of view; what matters are the facts.
And they are what they are.
Under Joe Biden, US policy can hardly become more anti-Russian than it was under Trump.
On some issues (Iran, for example), Biden is even likely to make a policy that Russia likes better than Trump's policy.
In other areas, Biden is likely to be even worse for Russia than Trump was.
But notable changes in the U.S.-Russia relationship are not to be expected as a result of the change of power in the United States.
And Putin is concerned about his country, not about who provides the president of the United States.
On the question of what policies Russia can expect from which of the candidates, you can find a detailed analysis here.
Now that the electoral college has officially proclaimed Joe Biden as the president-elect, the transfer of power in the USA can no longer be prevented.
On January 6, the Congress still has to confirm their vote, but there is no majority in sight in Congress for the Congress not to confirm the decision of the electoral college.
Therefore, what I feared has happened: The election rigging has gone through, Trump will leave the White House and Joe Biden will become the next US president.
Therefore, Putin has now officially congratulated Joe Biden on his election victory.
For the sake of completeness, I translate here the Kremlin's press release on Putin's congratulations to Joe Biden.
ongratulations to Joseph Biden on his victory in the U.S. presidential electionVladimir Putin has sent a congratulatory telegram to Joseph Biden on the occasion of his victory in the presidential election in the United States of America.
In the telegram, Putin wished the president-elect every success and expressed confidence that Russia and the United States, which bear a special responsibility for global security and stability, can truly contribute to solving many of the world's problems and challenges despite their differences.
The Russian president noted that Russian-American cooperation based on the principles of equality and mutual respect would be in the interests of the peoples of both countries and the entire international community.
"For my part, I am ready to cooperate and establish contacts with you,"