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| 14 December, 2017

Putin says confident Russia to be ready to host 2018 World Cup

"I am sure that everything will be up to standard and on time," Putin said

An interior view shows the Luzhniki Stadium, which will host matches of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Moscow, Russia, December 1, 2017.

An interior view shows the Luzhniki Stadium, which will host matches of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Moscow, Russia, December 1, 2017.

REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov
MOSCOW  - President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday he was confident that Russia would have everything ready to host the 2018 soccer World Cup as it has a vast experience in holding major sports events.
"I am sure that everything will be up to standard and on time," Putin told an annual press conference.
(Reporting by Jack Stubbs, Vladimir Soldatkin and Denis Pinchuk; Writing by Andrey Ostroukh; Editing by Dmitry Solovyov) ((andrey.ostroukh@thomsonreuters.com;))