Putin congratulates Russia

President Putin - Lauds team’s victory over Spain

President Putin – Lauds team’s victory over Spain

PRESIDENT Vladimir Putin congratulated Russia coach Stanislav Cherchesov over the phone for his side’s World Cup win over Spain, who were consoled at Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium by King Felipe VI.

The Kremlin said Putin was unable to attend the game but watched remotely  – he has only attended the opening match so far — and Cherchesov said the president called before the game to wish him luck and again after it to congratulate him.

“Just like the whole country, Putin watched the game from start to finish and cheered for our [lads],” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.

In Putin’s place, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev attended the game, watching with his wife from the stands. He later posted a photograph on social media of himself and Deputy Prime Minister Vitaly Mutko celebrating with the team after their 4-3 triumph on penalties.

Spain’s King Felipe sat alongside Medvedev and FIFA president Gianni Infantino, then went downstairs to visit the national team near their dressing room to give words of encouragement after they crashed out of the World Cup.

Photos on Spain’s website showed Felipe, who as crown prince attended their 2010 World Cup triumph in South Africa, greeting and consoling captain Sergio Ramos and goalkeeper David De Gea.

The Kremlin also said King Felipe congratulated Putin on the hosts’ win, while also having time for “a short exchange of opinions about issues of further development of bilateral relations.”-ESPN

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