World Cup opener guest list set to be largely ex-Soviet affair

World Cup opener guest list set to be largely ex-Soviet affair

13-Jun-2018 15:20:05 | The Guardian

Kremlin’s list of ceremony invitees includes central Asian autocrats plus Saudi prince Mohammed bin Salman

Vladimir Putin’s strained ties with leaders across the western world means the audience of presidents and prime ministers for the World Cup opener looks set to be a heavily former Soviet affair.

The Kremlin has released a list of those who will join Putin for Thursday’s opening ceremonies and it features a large helping of central Asian autocrats and the heads of the breakaway republics Abkhazia and South Ossetia, along with a smattering of foreign leaders from Africa and South America.

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