Russia to keep visa-free entry for football fans till end of 2018 — Putin

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Russia will provide visa-free entrance to the country for football fans with fan IDs until the end of 2018, Russian President Vladimir Putin said.

“I think that we will provide visa-free entrance to Russia for foreign fans, who currently have fan IDs, until the end of 2018. This will be a multiple entry visa-free regime,” Putin told reporters.

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The Russian leader expressed hope that fans will take advantage of this opportunity and “come to Russia more than once with friends and members of their families.”

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Putin has taken part in the closing ceremony of the championship and the ceremony of awarding the winner.

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France beat Croatia 4-2 at Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium to lift their second World Cup trophy.

The Russian President held informal conversations with a number of foreign leaders, including former French President Nicolas Sarkozy, incumbent French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte Macron, as well as with Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic and her family, and Moldovan President Igor Dodon, and other guests of honor during the break in the FIFA World Cup final game between France and Croatia.

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