Russian President Vladimir Putin congratulated Gianni Infantino on his election as president of FIFA and highlighted cooperation between the 2018 World Cup hosts and football's world governing body.
"Your active and fruitful work at international sport organizations and a significant personal contribution to the development of the football movement have helped you to gain prominence and authority," Putin said Friday in a greeting reported by the Kremlin press service.
Putin praised Infantino's "professional experience and huge creative and organizational potential" which would "contribute to strengthening FIFA’s global positions."
Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko told TASS news agency he hoped Infantino would visit Moscow soon.
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