Putin to at­tend World Cup 2018 draw

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MOSCOW — Rus­sian Pres­i­dent Vladimir Putin’s spokesman says he will at­tend the World Cup 2018 pre­lim­i­nary draw on Satur­day and will meet with FIFA Pres­i­dent Sepp Blat­ter. Satur­day’s pre­lim­i­nary draw, which de­ter­mines the qual­i­fy­ing process for the World Cup, will be held at a for­mer Rus­sian im­pe­rial palace on the out­skirts of Putin’s home city of St. Peters­burg. Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov was quoted by Rus­sian media on Tues­day as say­ing a meet­ing be­tween the Rus­sian pres­i­dent and Blat­ter was “on the timetable” and that Putin would “par­tic­i­pate in part of that cer­e­mony,” re­fer­ring to the draw. The As­so­ci­ated Press

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