The football mismatch of the opening game Thursday, with a Saudi team so bad it made Russia look better than it is, surely mattered less to Russia President Vladimir Putin than the broader message.
Vladimir Putin, greeted by a huge cheer ahead of the hosts’ opening game against Saudi Arabia, spoke of showing the world a hospitable Russia and of sport overcoming differences.
The Kremlin said on Wednesday that a summit between US President Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un showed Russian President Vladimir Putin had been right to advocate direct dialogue as the only way of reducing tensions with North Korea.
Rouhani said that the US exit from the nuclear agreement with Iran warrants an “important and serious discussion between our two countries.”
The historic summit will take place on June 12 in Singapore, in the latest twist in a high-stakes diplomatic drive by the United States to curtail Pyongyang’s nuclear arms programme.
Ahead of the summit, sources had indicated that the adverse impact of the US sanctions against Russia on India’s defence cooperation with the country may come up during the conversation between Modi and Putin.
Sino-US tensions, cooling between Washington and Moscow, demand a new outlook from New Delhi.
Modi also thanked Russia for playing a major role in helping India get a permanent membership in the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation – an eight-nation bloc which aims at military and economic cooperation between the member states.
The focus of the informal summit in the Russian city of Sochi on Monday will be on pressing global and regional issues, including the outcome of the US withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal.
At a meeting with defence ministry officials in the Black Sea city of Sochi on Tuesday, Vladimir Putin added that the national defence industry would also receive modernized missile-carrying bombers in 2018.
“The president congratulates him and looks forward to a time when we can hopefully have a good relationship with Russia. However, the United States believes that everyone has a right to be heard and assemble peacefully,” White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders told reporters.
Putin took an oath while placing his hand on the gold embossed copy of the Russian constitution, he swore that it is his duty and his life’s aim to do everything possible for the country, for the present and for its future.
“Vladimir Putin, in particular, stressed that if such actions committed in violation of the U.N. Charter continue, then it will inevitably lead to chaos in international relations,” the Kremlin statement said.
Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday that Islamic State had been defeated in Syria, but it retains its destructive potential and can attack countries around the world, Interfax news agency cited him as saying.
Britain has blamed Russia for the poisoning, the accusations Russia vehemently denied. Both the West and Russia have expelled over 150 envoys each in the dispute.