“We understand our responsibility,” Putin told Infantino.
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Russia is "absolutely ready" to host the 2018 World Cup in June and July, FIFA President Gianni Infantino said Thursday as the country made final preparations to stage the football tournament.Addressing Russian President Vladimir Putin and high-ranking officials in Sochi, one of 11 World Cup cities, Infantino said preparations for the monthlong tournament were nearly complete.Russia will host the World Cup from June 14 to July 15 in 12 stadiums spread across cities including Moscow, St. Petersburg and Sochi, having worked for years to build new stadiums and transportation infrastructure for the tournament.Its national team was the lowest-ranked team to enter the World Cup at the time of the draw in December.
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