MIL OSI Translation. Region: Russia –
Source: President of Russia – Kremlin
The ceremony is also attended by FIFA President Gianni Infantino, the heads of state and government of Abkhazia, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Belarus, Bolivia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Moldova, Panama, Paraguay, Rwanda, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and South Ossetia, Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia Mohammed Ben Salman Al Saud, Chairman of the Presidium of the Supreme People’s Assembly of the DPRK Kim Yong Nam.< >Immediately after the ceremony, the starting match of the tournament will take place, in which the teams of Russia and Saudi Arabia will meet.< >* * *< >Speech at the opening ceremony of the 2018 FIFA World Cup< >V.Putin: Dear friends!< >I greet all guests of the legendary Moscow stadium “Luzhniki”, everyone who gathered in the numerous fan zones of the FIFA World Cup, who sees us on TV screens or on the Internet.< >I congratulate you – the big, multinational, friendly world football family – with the beginning of the main tournament of the planet!< >This grandiose sports event is being held in Russia for the first time, and we are sincerely happy about it. In our country, football is not just the most massive sport. Football is really loved by us. And this love, as they say, at first sight, from the first official match that took place in Russia in 1897.< >We were prepared to host this grandiose event responsibly and did our best so that the fans, sportsmen and specialists could immerse themselves in the atmosphere of the magnificent football festival and, of course, enjoy the stay in Russia: open, hospitable, cordial, found new friends here , new like-minded people.< >Let’s ponder: we – loyal fans of football – without any exaggeration, billions of people on the planet. And wherever we live, no matter what traditions we follow, we all share the love of football in one team, united by our love for this spectacular, bright, uncompromising game. That’s why all the members of this team understand and feel each other well.< >In this unity, over which neither differences in languages, nor in ideology, nor in faith are dominated, the great power of football, of sport in general, the strength of its humanistic principles, lies.< >Our task is to preserve this force, this unity for future generations in the name of developing sport and strengthening peace and mutual understanding among peoples.< >I wish all the teams success, and fans – unforgettable impressions.< >Welcome to Russia!
EDITOR’S NOTE: This article is a translation of Russian to English.