Source: President of Russia – The Kremlin – English
The ceremony was also attended by FIFA President Gianni Infantino, heads of state and government of Abkhazia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bolivia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Moldova, Panama, Paraguay, Rwanda, South Ossetia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan, Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud, and Chairman of the Presidium of the Supreme People’s Assembly of the DPRK Kim Yong-nam.
The ceremony was followed by the opening match between the teams of Russia and Saudi Arabia.
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Speech at 2018 FIFA World Cup opening ceremony
President of Russia Vladimir Putin: Friends,
I welcome all guests to the legendary Moscow stadium Luzhniki, everyone gathered in the numerous fan zones of the 2018 FIFA World Cup, and those watching us on television or online.
I congratulate you – the entire large, multinational, tightly-knit international football family – on the start of the top tournament on the planet!
To be continued.