ST. PETERSBURG (Sputnik) – Putin also stressed Russia’s "responsibility and decisiveness to hold the Confederations Cup at the top level."
"For the first time in history, our state, Russia, hosts the continents’ strongest teams. First of all, let me express gratitude to [FIFA President] Gianni Infantino for being committed to the sport ideals and for helping in the preparations of this landmark event," Putin said at the opening ceremony of the cup.
The opening match of the FIFA Confederations Cup between Russian and New Zealand football teams has started in St. Petersburg.
The Confederations Cup will be held from June 17 to July 2 in the Russian cities of Kazan, Sochi, St. Petersburg and Moscow. Besides Russia and New Zealand, Portugal, Mexico, Cameroon, Chile, Australia and Germany have also sent their national teams to participate in the cup.