He said on Thursday that he had credible evidence of US plotting to “discredit” the 2018 World Cup Russia is hosting for the first time.
The tournament is scheduled to take place in Russia from June 14 to July 15 amid heat of a diplomatic war with the West over disputes ranging from Ukraine and Syria to Moscow’s alleged interference in the 2016 US presidential election.
The Federation Council upper house of parliament’s new ‘protection of state sovereignty commission’, chief, Klimov, said the issue would be addressed at a meeting next Tuesday that will be attended by foreign ministry and sport officials
The RIA Novosti state news agency quoted Klimov as saying, “The commission has received credible evidence showing that American government officials are directly steering their European colleagues into using the subject of sport to the utmost to discredit Russia in 2018.
“We have grounds to believe that an attack will occur on the football World Cup.
He went on to say that Russia, “will have to take retaliatory measures,” but offered no hint about what kind of attack he thought Washington was preparing.
The United States of America failed to make it to the World Cup and will thus avoid the politically-charged potential of facing Russia at a time when their diplomatic relations are almost a Cold War affair.