Russia (Xinhua) -- Russian
President Vladimir Putin said he hoped fans, players
and officials enjoyed their stay in Russia during
the World Cup, which kicked off in Moscow on
"Football is truly loved here and
it is called love at first sight, since our first
official match here in 1897," Putin said moments
before the first match between Russia and Saudi
Arabia at Luzhniki Stadium.
"I hope fans and teams enjoy their stay in
Russia, an open, hospitable and friendly country
with people who have the shared values.
"Football brings us altogether in one team, we
are united by this spectacular game," he added.
congratulates Russia on holding World Cup
KUWAIT CITY (Xinhua) --
The Kuwaiti Emir Sheikh
Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah congratulated
Russia on holding the 2018 World Cup, the Kuwait
News Agency (KUNA) said.
In a cable sent to Russian President Vladimir
Putin, the Emir praised the stunning inauguration
show and great efforts that had been exerted for
organizing the great international festival, KUNA
He hoped that the sports event would contribute
to cementing bonds and interaction among peoples of
the globe to spread security and peace across the
He wished Russia prosperity, hoping to see that
the historic and distinctive ties between Kuwait and
Russia develop further.
The World Cup kicked off in Russia Thursday as
the host nation beat Saudi Arabia 5-0 in front of
80,000 people in Moscow.