SOCHI, July 7. /TASS/. Croatia's President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic is hopeful that he country’s national team will make it through to semifinals of the 2018 FIFA World Cup, she told Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev in Sochi on Saturday before the Russia vs Croatia quarterfinal match.
"I liked being in Sochi very much today as well as in Nizhny Novgorod a few days ago. I know that unfortunately today one of us will have to say goodbye while the other will go ahead," she said. "Of course, I am rooting for Croatia and want Team Croatia to advance. But I think it is a football event."
According to Croatia’s president, "football diplomacy is very beneficial for our nations to get closer."
"I also believe that today, regardless of which team wins, we will see an excellent and fair play and will see how to overcome everything in our daily lives that could create obstacles," Grabar-Kitarovic said.
"However, if talk sport, it brings us together," she added.
Croatia’s president asked Medvedev to convey her greetings to Russian President Vladimir Putin.
"It is a pity he is not here today," Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic said. "I expected to see him today, but I hope to see him soon.".