FIFA PRESIDENT GIANNI INFANTINO RECEIVING AWARD FROM RUSSIA PRESIDENT VLADIMIR PUTIN 2.
HEAD OF SOCHI 2014 ORGANISING COMMITTEE, RUSSIAN DMITRY CHERNYSHENKO WATCHING 3.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) FIFA PRESIDENT GIANNI INFANTINO, SAYING: "You welcomed the world as friends and the world has created bonds of friendship with Russia that will last forever.
"Dear President, I could speak hours about Russia and about my feelings (PAUSES FOR TRANSLATION) but let me just say thank you very much (PAUSES FOR TRANSLATION) (CONTINUES IN RUSSIAN) Thank you very much, glory to Russia." STORY: FIFA President Gianni Infantino thanked Russia on Thursday (May 23) for hosting the 2018 World Cup as President Vladimir Putin presented him with a state award for his role in making last year's tournament possible.
Infantino, with the Order of Friendship medal pinned to his lapel, replied: "You welcomed the world as friends, and the world has created bonds of friendship with Russia that will last forever." (Production: Maria Vasilyeva, Mike Brock)
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