FIFA Executive Committee adopts resolution assuring fully support of holding 2018 World Cup in Russia - Blatter
FIFA President Joseph Blatter has assured Russian President Vladimir Putin that the 2018 World Cup will be held in Russia, which he believes is especially important in the current geopolitical situation.
During a meeting with Putin in the Konstantinovsky Palace on Saturday, Blatter said the Executive Committee has recently adopted a new resolution in which FIFA assures the Russian Federation of its fully support of the plans to hold the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
Blatter said FIFA fully trusts Russia and the Russian administration, He said this resolution had been presented at a meeting which was attended by Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko.
"We in FIFA are convinced that Russia will successfully hold the 2018 World Cup. We are saying 'yes' to Russia in this regard and we assure you of our support. It is especially important in the current geopolitical situation, and therefore we not only should speak about our wish to make the world better, we would like to do something specific to support peace, to support the development of football," Blatter said.
"I would like to thank you, Mr President, thank the Russian Federation and thank all people of Russia, who by right can be proud of you and by right can be proud of this opportunity to host the 2018 World Cup," Blatter told Putin.
Blatter said this day, on which the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying draw, for which representatives of all FIFA executive committees have come and which will be held today, is very important.