MOSCOW, November 25. /TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin has described the problems with building a football stadium in St. Petersburg as a ‘very sad story’, but at the same time he promised that all flaws and shortcomings would be eliminated by the end of 2016.
"It is a sad story, indeed," he said at a meeting with FIFA’s President Gianni Infantino on Friday.
Putin also remarked that the delays were the not the worst in the history of building sports facilities. Russia is aware of all of FIFA’s critical remarks concerning the sports facility.
"The builders promise to put everything in order by the end of the year," Putin said, adding that all stadiums due to host Confederations Cup matches and the 2018 World Football Cup finals would be finalized on time.
He promised Russia would do its utmost to ensure the 2017 Confederations Cup should become a major sporting event and expressed regret that he would be unable to attend the lots-drawing ceremony.
"I’m certain that everything will be well," Putin added.
Infantino said he was looking forward to a chance to visit the city of Kazan, where the lots drawing ceremony would be held. Putin replied that the city had changed its image over the past few years to have acquired a modern look and at the same time retain its original historical and cultural flavor. Infantino presented Putin with the ball designed especially for the 2017 Confederations Cup.