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Russian State Duma: U.S. Senate is not competent in 2018 World Cup issues

Alexey Pushkov, the Chairman of the State Duma Committee on Foreign Affairs, believes that the U.S. Congress is incompetent in the matters of holding the 2018 World Cup. He stated this on Twitter.

In response to the appeal of U.S. senators to deprive Russia of the right to host the 2018 World Cup, Pushkov wrote: "The U.S. Congress wants to solve not only the issues of arms shipments to Ukraine but also the holding of FIFA World Cup. But it is not within his competence."

It should be recalled that 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. 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.

However, the FIFA refused the Senators' appeal, saying that football should not be a tool for resolving political problems, and the World Cup in Russia could become a "championship of good."

"As the history has shown, both boycotting sports tournaments and the policy of isolation or confrontation were not the most effective ways to solve problems."

"Football can not be considered as a solution to all the problems, particularly those relating to world politics. We have already seen that the World Cup can be a force for good. FIFA believes that it is in this tournament and will be in Russia," press-secretary of FIFA Delia Fischer said in a statement.