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FT article on negative coverage of 2018 World Cup draws criticism from Russia’s embassy

November 25, 2017, 20:27 UTC+3 LONDON

"No matter how well Russia does, don’t expect positive stories in British papers," the embassy said

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LONDON, November 25. /TASS/. Russia’s Embassy in London has criticized the article in the Financial Times alleging that foreign journalists’ coverage of the 2018 World Cup hosted by Russia will be negative, the embassy wrote on Twitter on Saturday.

".@FT being unusually frank: no matter how well Russia does, don’t expect positive stories in British papers #BanquetSpeech," the embassy said attaching a photo of a few lines from the article by Financial Times journalist Symon Cooper.

Cooper says that visiting journalists are likely to pump out "‘zloradstvo’ (evil-reveling)" during the World Cup.

After successfully hosting the FIFA Confederations Cup this summer, Russia is now in full-swing preparations to host the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

The country selected 11 host cities to be the venues for the matches of the 2018 World Cup and they are Moscow, St. Petersburg, Sochi, Kazan, Saransk, Kaliningrad, Volgograd, Rostov-on-Don, Nizhny Novgorod, Yekaterinburg and Samara.

The matches of the 2018 World Cup will be held between June 14 and July 15 at 12 stadiums located in the 11 mentioned above cities across Russia. Two of the stadiums are located in the Russian capital.

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