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MOSCOW, September 18. /TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin, who is working in the Black Sea resort city of Sochi these days, will have a video link with Moscow on Friday.
On September 18, Vladimir Putin in a TV link-up will welcome guests and participants in the events in Red Square held as part of the project 1,000 Days Before the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia.
The events to be held in Moscow include an international children's football tournament and a ceremony to launch the countdown clock with 1,000 days to go until the start of the 2018 FIFA World Cup that will open with a match at the Luzhniki Arena on June 14, 2018, the Kremlin press service reported.
The 1000 Days Before the World Cup project, according to the organisers, is to involve more than 45,000 people in 33 cities of Russia.
Putin said previously that "The selection of Russia as the host of the 2018 FIFA World Cup will help enhance the popularity of this sport and broaden its geography." He said, "I believe this is what guided the members of the FIFA executive committee when they were selecting the host nation for the 2018 championship. This will enhance interest in football not only here in Russia, but in many of our neighbouring countries. The 2018 tournament will take place in 11 cities located in regions with unique cultural traditions."
"Guests from all over the world will learn about the unique history of this country and its cultural diversity. It is of principle importance for us to create impeccable conditions for the teams so they can fully concentrate on their game and demonstrate high-class football. Naturally, we will also do everything in our power to ensure security and comfort for the fans. One practical measure in this direction was the cancellation of entry visas for all World Cup ticket holders," Putin said.