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Global special services’ interaction to ensure high security at FIFA World Cup

April 26, 15:02 UTC+3 SOCHI

The 2018 FIFA World Cup kicks off with the opening match in Moscow

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SOCHI, April 26. /TASS/. Global special services’ interaction will ensure high security at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, Secretary of Russia’s Security Council Nikolai Patrushev said on Wednesday.

"Interaction in this sphere [providing security at sports events] needs to be continued," he told journalists.

"This will make it possible to ensure the maximum level of security at such events. And this is especially essential for us during the upcoming FIFA World Cup in summer," Patrushev said.

"Extensive international experience of cooperation between law-enforcement agencies and special services has been accumulated over the period of making preparations for and holding festivals, forums and sports events, including the Winter Olympics in Sochi," the secretary of Russia’s Security Council said.

International information security topped the agenda of roundtable discussions held in Sochi as part of an international meeting of high-ranking representatives in charge of security issues, Patrushev said.

The participants in the discussions spoke against the use of cyber-technologies for criminal purposes and for preventing any conflicts in this sphere. They also confirmed the position envisaging the adoption by the UN General Assembly of the rules of states’ responsible behavior in the information space, Patrushev said.

The 2018 FIFA World Cup kicks off in 49 days with the opening match in the Russian capital of Moscow between hosts Russia and the national squad of Saudi Arabia at the legendary Luzhniki Stadium.

Russia 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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