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SAINT-DENIS /France/, July 3. /TASS/. France’s Minister of State for Sport Thierry Braillard will visit Russia to share its experience in the organization of the European football tournament which might be useful in preparations for the FIFA World Cup in 2018, Russian Deputy Minister of Sports Natalia Parshikova said on Sunday.
On Sunday, she took part in the signing of the Council of Europe’s convention on an integrated safety, security and service approach at football matches and other sports events.
"We have an agreement, at his request and our invitation, that after the European tournament he will come to Russia. We will discuss the experience of the tournament’s organization to further use it in preparations of the world tournament. We are thankful that the French side has come up with this initiative," Parshikova said.
She said that most likely the visit will take place after the Olympic Games in Brazil’s Rio finishing on August 21. "[Russian Minister of Sports] Vitaly Mutko will come here next week to the presentation of the 2018 World Cup. He will meet with Braillard to discuss details," she said.
Russia is currently in full-swing preparations for the global football championship after the country won the bid to host the 2018 World Cup at the FIFA Congress in Guatemala on December 4, 2010. The victory came following a tight race against the bid from England, the joint bid from Portugal and Spain and the joint bid on behalf of Belgium and the Netherlands.
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.