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WATCH: Vladimir Putin Welcomes FIFA World Cup teams and fans

MOSCOW: Russian President Vladimir Putin is cordially welcoming soccer teams and fans to Russia for the most-awaited 2018 FIFA World Cup, saying the tournament will be thrilling and memorable. ''For our country, it's a great joy and honor to receive representatives from the massive footballing family,'' Putin said in a video statement released Saturday. He promised ''a real celebration - filled with sporting passion and strong emotions.'' Putin added ''I hope that you will have lasting memories, not only of the matches…