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February 1, 2018 2:27 pm

Russia, Israel Consult on Security Ahead of 2018 Soccer World Cup

avatar by Reuters and Algemeiner Staff

A general view shows Luzhniki Stadium, which will host matches of the 2018 FIFA World Cup, in Moscow, Russia, Jan. 24, 2018. Photo: Reuters / Maxim Shemetov.

The secretary of Russia’s Security Council, Nikolai Patrushev, has discussed security issues at this year’s soccer World Cup with his Israeli counterpart Meir Ben-Shabbat, RIA news agency reported on Thursday.

“The exchange of information between the two countries’ law enforcement agencies, cooperation for legal assistance requests and cooperation for providing security throughout preparations for and during the 2018 soccer World Cup were discussed,” Russia’s Security Council said in a statement cited by RIA.

Russia will host the World Cup from June 14 to July 15 in 12 venues spread across 11 cities including Moscow, St Petersburg and Sochi.

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