Russia and Turkey hit Islamic State targets near al-Bab in Aleppo provinceWorld January 23, 20:06
Russia’s 4th Yasen-class submarine completes hydraulic testsMilitary & Defense January 23, 18:56
Arctic airport in search for investorsBusiness & Economy January 23, 18:50
Rosneft begins Arctic shelf’s seismological exploration from 2017Business & Economy January 23, 18:38
Tesla takes the lead in sales of electric cars in Russia in 2016Business & Economy January 23, 18:18
Politician says European-style reforms to degrade Ukraine’s economyWorld January 23, 18:16
Russia has potential to further upgrade MiG-31 fighter jetsMilitary & Defense January 23, 18:10
Russian cinema sets box office record chalking up nearly $145 mln in 2016Society & Culture January 23, 17:37
German foreign minister says long-term solution to Syrian crisis to be discussed in GenevaWorld January 23, 17:34
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.