KALININGRAD, April 11. /TASS/. A number of requests from the United States for Fan-IDs, which are necessary for attending matches of the 2018 FIFA World Cup, keeps steadily increasing despite the recently soured relations between Washington and Moscow, a senior official with the Russian Ministry of Communications and Mass Media said on Wednesday.
US President Donald Trump wrote on his Titter account earlier in the day that "Our relationship with Russia is worse now than it has ever been, and that includes the Cold War."
Andrei Chernenko, the head of the ministry’s department for the strategic projects implementation, said "the number of requests from Americans is on the rise."
"This situation, which is inflamed by mass media, has no impact whatsoever and there is no negative trend," he said. "The applications from Americans keep flowing in and the trend is positive."
The US national football team did not qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, however, US nationals are leading among other foreigners in terms of tickets’ purchase for the matches of the upcoming world football championship in Russia.
Russia came up for this FIFA World Cup with an innovation, which is the so-called Fan-ID and it is required for all ticketholders. This innovation was successfully tested during the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup in Russia and earned high marks from the world’s governing football body.
The Fan-ID plays an important security role during the major football tournament in Russia as it grants admittance to the stadiums and also serves as visa for foreign visitors to enter the country.
A Fan-ID holder is allowed to enter the country without having a Russian visa and stay for the duration of the global football tournament as well as to travel free of charge between the Russian cities hosting matches of the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
The 2018 FIFA World Cup kicks off in 63 days with the opening match in the Russian capital of Moscow.
Russia 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.