MOSCOW, May 31. /TASS/. Russian policemen will be assisting their French colleagues in security provision before and during the 2016 UEFA Euro Cup, which kicks off next month in France, a spokesman for the Russian Interior Ministry told TASS on Tuesday.
"The Russian Interior Ministry has positively replied to the French Interior Ministry’s proposal to take part in the international police operation on maintaining order before and during the 2016 Euro Cup," the spokesman said adding that a total of six specially trained policemen will be sent to France.
The spokesman said that the duration of the Russian policemen’s deployment in France would depend on how the Russian national team would be progressing at the main European football tournament.
Before the start of the European biggest football event, held once every four years, the Russian team will play two friendly matches - against the Czech Republic on June 1 in Austria’s Innsbruck, and against Croatia on June 5 in Monaco.
The 2016 UEFA Euro Cup will be held in France between June 10 and July 10 with matches to be played in 10 different locations, namely in Bordeaux, Lens, Lille, Lyon, Marseille, Nice, Paris, Saint-Denis, Saint-Etienne and Toulouse.
A total of 24 European national teams qualified for the Euro Cup final tournament in 2016, after the contestants’ format, which was used since 1996, was decided to be extended from 16 to 24 teams.
The contesting teams were divided into six groups and Russia was placed into Group B, sharing it with the teams from England, Wales and Slovakia.