FSB Proposes International Security Efforts Ahead of 2018 FIFA World Cup

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Russia has proposed to resume the activities of a joint international working group on security, which has prevented a number of terrorist attacks during the Sochi Winter Olympics, to ensure security at the upcoming 2018 FIFA World Cup, the head of the Federal Security Service (FSB) said Thursday.

YAROSLAVL (Sputnik) — Addressing the participants of the 14th conference of the heads of security services, Alexander Bortnikov stressed that Russia, with assistance of partners from many foreign countries, especially France, Germany, Austria, the United States and Georgia, successfully prevented a series of terrorist attacks prior and during the Sochi Winter Olympic Games.

"Taking into account the upcoming 2018 FIFA World Cup hosted by Russia, the Russian delegation put forward a proposal at the conference to resume the activities of a joint international working group, which had operated to ensure security at the Sochi Olympics.

Russia will host the 2018 FIFA World Cup from June 14 to July 15. The tournament will take place in 11 Russian cities, including Yekaterinburg, Kaliningrad, Nizhny Novgorod, Rostov-on-Don, Samara, Saransk, and Volgograd.

Speaking at last week's preliminary draws, Russian President Vladimir Putin assured football fans and participants of guaranteed security and maximum comfort for the period of the games.

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