Of course not, why would we expect otherwise?
Courtesy of The Hill:
Russian President Vladimir Putin said he won’t recognize President-elect Joe Biden’s projected victory in the U.S. election until the results are confirmed “in a legitimate, legal way” or until the former vice president’s win is “recognized by the opposing party.”
According to Bloomberg, the Russian leader made the comment during remarks on state-owned television on Sunday.
“We will work with anyone who has the confidence of the American people,” Putin stated. “But that confidence can only be given to a candidate whose victory has been recognized by the opposing party, or after the results are confirmed in a legitimate, legal way.”
Putin also reportedly claimed that the delay, which he called “a formality,” wouldn’t hurt relations between Washington and Moscow because “there’s nothing to damage.”
“They’re already ruined,” he said, according to the network.
Of course, Putin is not ready to abandon his most useful asset.
And why would he when that asset is still delivering exactly what he was selected to deliver?
Courtesy of the Wall Street Journal:
The Trump administration formally shut the door on the Open Skies treaty Sunday, exiting the agreement while moving to get rid of the U.S. Air Force planes that have been used to carry out the nearly three-decade-old accord.
President Trump had served notice in May that the U.S. would withdraw in six months from the accord, which was intended to reduce the risk of war by allowing Russia and the West to carry out unarmed reconnaissance flights over each other’s territories. U.S. officials, however, have long complained that Moscow hasn’t fully complied with its terms.
In a move that could complicate President-elect Joe Biden’s options if he sought to re-enter the agreement, the Trump administration is taking steps to dispose of the two specially equipped OC-135B planes the U.S. has used to carry out Open Skies flights.
A senior U.S. official said the planes are being designated as “excess defense articles,” which means they can be given to foreign partners at reduced or no cost.
“We’ve started liquidating the equipment,” the official said. “Other countries can come purchase or just take the airframes. They are really old and cost-prohibitive for us to maintain. We don’t have a use for them anymore.”
30 years this treaty has helped to keep us safe, and in just one term Donald Trump has managed to sabotage it and hand our long time adversary the opening they need to build up strength for a possible invasion while remaining undetected.