Ukrainian Foreign Minister says he will watch 2018 World Cup in Russia

Ukraine's Minister of Foreign Affairs Pavlo Klimkin announced that he would undoubtedly be watching the world soccer tournament that will be held in Russia, but that he would not view it on Russian TV channels.

"I will be watching World Cup broadcast because I believe that sport is sport. It is not soccer's fault that in 2018, Russia hosts the World Cup. There are teams and there are players to cheer for. For me, soccer is not only soccer but also art," the Minister said.

"At the same time, I understand that this is a very difficult situation for our fans. I warn you again: think 15 times before going there," Klimkin warned Ukrainian fans.

"I will not watch Russian TV for sure, although I have the opportunity to watch Russian channels; I need to understand what is happening there. For us, it is work, actually. Where I will be watching the World Cup from… I haven't really thought about it."

The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine has called on Ukrainians not to go to Russia for the 2018 FIFA World Cup. It will be held from June 14 to July 15.

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