Watch : “Welcome to Russia”, Putin greets teams and fans for World Cup

Watch : "Welcome to Russia", Putin greets teams and fans for World Cup News World Cup

Russian has released a personal video address of President Vladimir Putin, welcoming each of the 32 participating nations and the millions of football fans arriving in Russia for 2018 FIFA World Cup.

President Vladimir Putin welcomes football teams and fans from across the world to the World Cup, which begins in Russia from June 14, assuring efforts “to ensure that all of our guests… feel at home”.

“For our country, it’s a great joy and honour to receive representatives from the massive footballing family. We want this event to be a celebration, filled with passion and emotions.” Putin said in a video statement released on Saturday.

Moscow will host to a total of 12 World Cup matches and is expected to welcome 1 million football fans during the tournament. Apart from Moscow, the other Russia 2018 host cities include St. Petersburg, Sochi, Saransk, Kaliningrad, Kazan, Rostov, Samara, Nizhny Novgorod, Ekaterinburg and Volgograd.

“I hope you will have an unforgettable experience — not only watching the matches of your favorite teams and admiring the players’ skills, but also getting to know Russia,” the president Putin said.

“Learning about its identity and culture, its unique history and natural diversity; its hospitable, sincere and friendly people. We have done our best to ensure that all of our guests – the athletes, the staff and, of course, the fans – feel at home in Russia. We have opened both our country and our hearts to the world.”

“Welcome to the FIFA World Cup! It’s my pleasure to share this moment with you!” Putin signs off his invitation by welcoming all to the country with “Welcome to Russia!” in English.