Putin: Russia ready for FIFA World Cup

MOSCOW, June 13 (Xinhua) — Russian President Vladimir Putin made a surprising visit to the ongoing 68th FIFA Congress here on Wednesday, giving a short speech and extending warm welcome to friends coming from all over the world.
Speaking highly of the “productive works” of FIFA and the Russian people, Putin said that Russia is ready for the World Cup and guarantees the security and convenience for all the fans.
“This World Cup is of great significance to Russia, and the dream has come true for the Russians,” Putin said.
The 2018 FIFA World Cup will kick off here on Thursday evening with hosts Russia taking on Saudi Arabia in the tournament opener.

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