MOSCOW, December 6. /TASS/. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Wednesday that he anticipates a very interesting football match of the 2018 FIFA World Cup next summer between the national teams of Russia and Uruguay.
"I believe that the upcoming world football championship would serve for the benefit of bringing our countries together," the Russian top diplomat said during the opening ceremony of an exhibition in Moscow, dedicated to the 160th anniversary of the diplomatic relations establishment between Russia and Uruguay.
The State Kremlin Palace in the Russian capital of Moscow hosted last week on Friday the Final Draw for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, fixing opponents in eight different groups made of 32 national football teams, which qualified for the much-anticipated quadrennial world football championship.
Russia as the hosting country skipped the qualifying campaign and was placed in Group A alongside with national football squads from Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Uruguay.
"Uruguay is playing in one group with Russia and we will be all waiting for an interesting match in Samara," the Russian foreign minister said.
Russia will play the opening match of the 2018 FIFA World Cup against Saudi Arabia on June 14 in Moscow, then will clash with Egypt in Saint Petersburg on June 19 and will play its final group stage match against Uruguay in the city of Samara on June 25.
Ambassador of Uruguay to Russia Enrique Juan Delgado Genta, who attended the opening ceremony of the exhibition in Moscow as well, wished the Russian football team good luck at the upcoming world football championship and presented the Russian top diplomat with a jersey, which had Lavrov’s imprinted name on it.
"Last Friday we attended the ceremony of the Final Draw, which once again proved Russia’s ability to organize properly one of the most important events in the world of sports," the Uruguayan ambassador said. "Sports and football are the tools, which contribute to the development of peace and promote respect and tolerance. I would like to wish Russia success from the sports point of view."
After successfully hosting the FIFA Confederations Cup this summer, Russia is now in full-swing preparations to host the 2018 FIFA World Cup and last week the Russian capital held the Final Draw for the championship.
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.