Vitaly Mutko: Russia guarantees rights and freedoms to 2018 World Cup guests

"There are no infringement of rights and freedoms in Russia and there never will be," Russian Sports Minister, Chairman of the Local Organizing Committee "Russia-2018" said at a press conference
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Russian Sports Minister, President of the Russian Football Union Vitaly Mutko and FIFA President Gianni Infantino during a press conference in Moscow

Russia guarantees safety, rights and freedoms of the guests of the 2018 World Cup and 2017 Confederations Cup in Russia, Russian Sports Minister, Chairman of the Local Organizing Committee "Russia-2018" Mutko said at a press conference in Moscow.

"There are no infringement of rights and freedoms in Russia and there never will be. All rights will be respected, we guarantee safety of our guests. We heard about all these issues before the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, but we were highly praised. Russia has its own vision and its own laws. We want them to be respected," he said.

President of FIFA Gianni Infantino also participated in the press conference. Mutko said that he discussed with Infantino the issue of strengthening cooperation between Russia and the Organization.

"I have already said that FIFA President is a professional. He held administration, he is getting adjusted. Our conversations will help. We have discussed what should be done to strengthen our cooperation," Mutko said.

The Minister added that a full report on the preparation of Russia for the World Cup will be presented to the FIFA Congress. “We have meetings today, and tomorrow is a working day. It is too early to sum up the results of his visit. Meeting of the Local Organizing Committee “Russia-2018” will be held on April 27 in Nizhny Novgorod, after that - the FIFA Congress. I think the President will receive reports the results of the inspection visit, which was held this month," he said.