KALININGRAD, July 6. /TASS/. The Russian Federation will fulfill guarantees regarding preparation for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, Russian First Deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov said Wednesday.
"For us the most important thing is to commission all facilities that are included in our plan of preparation for the world championship in time. The Russian Federation has undertaken certain guarantees, and we will fulfill them in full," Shuvalov, who on Wednesday paid a working visit to the Kaliningrad Region, said.
Shuvalov also said that the most problematic places at the moment in the country’s preparations for the 2018 World Cup are the construction of stadiums in the cities of Samara and Kaliningrad.
"The problem in Kaliningrad is that the stadium is constructed on a difficult location," Shuvalov said. "Special construction approaches must be used there."
"The location was earlier proposed by the region’s governor and then approved by the prime minister and the president since it offers a possibility for a brand new course for Kaliningrad’s development," Shuvalov added.
Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko said world’s governing body of football FIFA and the Local Organizing Committee (LOC) are satisfied with the preparations of the country’s westernmost city of Kaliningrad for hosting the matches of the 2018 World Cup.
"As of today we [LOC] and FIFA are generally satisfied with the course of Kaliningrad’s preparations for the World Cup," Mutko, who is also the LOC chairman and the president of the Russian Football Union (RFU), said.
Commenting on the football stadium’s construction, Mutko said "the work is underway and there are no major reproaches in this regard."
"According to our estimations, the stadium will be under the roof by the end of the year and everything should be done to start next year work on the turf in the pitch," Mutko added.
Located in Russia’s westernmost enclave the city of Kaliningrad is building a completely new stadium for the 2018 World Cup on October Island. The stadium’s construction is expected to meet FIFA 2017 deadline and the new facility may be one of the cheapest built for the global championship after FIFA allowed to reduce the seating capacity to 35.000.