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U.S. Senators ask FIFA to deprive Putin of 2018 World Cup

A group of U.S. Senators wrote a letter to FIFA President Joseph Blatter with an appeal to deprive the Putin regime of the right to host 2018 FIFA World Cup.

The letter was signed by 13 U.S. lawmakers, including Republican John McCain, Democrat Robert Menendez, Republican Marco Rubio, and Ron Johnson, Joinfo.ua reports with reference to Voice of America.

"With the goal of ending the crisis in Ukraine and ensuring a successful 2018 World Cup, we strongly encourage FIFA to deny the Putin regime the privilege of hosting the 2018 World Cup and make preparations for an alternate host country," the letter writes.

U.S. lawmakers believe that the hosting of FIFA World Cup in Russia will inappropriately bolster the prestige of the Putin regime at a time when it should be condemned and provide economic relief to Russia, at a time when the international community imposes economic sanctions against this country.

"As you know, nearly a full year has passed since unmarked Russian troops and Russian-backed separatists began their dismemberment of Ukraine. Since then, more than 40 countries, all FIFA members, have implemented sanctions on Russia in an effort to end the conflict. It is unacceptable that while nearly half of the 2014 World Cup participants have joined the international sanctions regime to counter Russian aggression, FIFA would not even consider allowing its members to vote on moving the 2018 competition to a country that respects the shared principles of FIFA and international law," Senators wrote.

It should be recalled that March 15, during his visit to Germany, President Petro Poroshenko urged the world community to continue influencing Russia in order to make it fulfill the Minsk Agreement, and deprive it of the right to host the World Cup in 2018.

However, a spokesman for Russian President, Dmitry Peskov, in response to Poroshenko's proposal said that the World Cup in Russia would go down in the history of the world football as one of the best championships.