As the host nation, Russia received automatic qualification to this summer’s tournament.
A bidding nation requires a majority of 12 votes to host the tournament.
Russia notably beat the likes of Portugal, Spain, Belgium, the Netherlands, and England in the bidding process to host the 2018 tournament, winning 13 votes.
‘Security is Russia’s top concern’
Ahead of the tournament, Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich told Kurdistan 24 that Moscow had taken all the necessary security measures to protect fans and players during and after the World Cup.
“We know how to do those things.
We had experience with Olympic games in Sochi, and other big international events,” Dvorkovich said.
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