“From our point of view, from the point of view of the Russian law, no problems can occur,” the transport minister told reporters on the sidelines of the Krasnoyarsk Economic Forum, which kicked off on Thursday and will continue through Saturday.
On Thursday, the Reuters news agency reported that eight of the Russian airports that could be used by the football teams playing at the World Cup were owned by entities sanctioned by the United States after the latest update of the sanctions lists, which, according to the agency, could potentially create problems for the teams.
The Basel Aero operates the airport in Sochi, as well as in Krasnodar and Anapa, both in close proximity to Sochi. The Airports of Regions group of companies, which is part of the Renova Group, operates the airports in Yekaterinburg, Samara, Nizhny Novgorod, and Rostov-on-Don, all of which will host matches of the upcoming tournament.
The 2018 FIFA World Cup will be hosted by Russia for the first time ever from June 14 to July 15, with the games set to take place on a total of 12 arenas in 11 cities.