Krem­lin in­vites Trump to at­tend World Cup in Russia

The Washington Times Daily - - SPORTS -

Pres­i­dent Trump is a wel­come guest at the up­com­ing FIFA World Cup in Russia, Krem­lin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov told re­porters on Wed­nes­day.

“Rus­sian Pres­i­dent Vladimir Putin said he would be glad to see all guests here in Moscow and cer­tainly this con­cerns the guests from the United States at the high­est level,” Peskov told jour­nal­ists when asked if Trump could be in­vited to at­tend a World Cup match, the of­fi­cial Rus­sian state news wire TASS re­ported.

Just a day be­fore the 2018 com­pe­ti­tion kicks off with an open­ing match in Moscow be­tween hosts Russia and Saudi Ara­bia, Euro­pean me­dia is fever­ishly de­bat­ing which dig­ni­taries will at­tend the month-long tour­na­ment which con­cludes on July 15.

Some world lead­ers face a quandary — at­tend and pos­si­bly be ac­cused of play­ing into Mr. Putin’s hands dur­ing a time of global ten­sion over Rus­sian ac­tiv­i­ties — de­cline and be seen as not sup­port your home team.

Ac­cord­ing to Ger­man me­dia, Chan­cel­lor An­gela Merkel has yet to com­mit one way or an­ther.

Merkel at­tended the 2006 World Cup in Ger­many, which helped raise her pro­file.

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