Vladimir Putin calls French President Emmanuel Macron after semi-final victory

Vladimir Putin calls French President Emmanuel Macron after semi-final victory

India BloomsNews Service | @indiablooms | 11 Jul 2018

Moscow, July 11 (IBNS): Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday congratulated his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron after his nation reached the final of the FIFA World Cup by beating Belgium in the semi-finals of the tournament.

"After the World Cup semi-final between France and Belgium, the President of Russia had a telephone conversation with President of France Emmanuel Macron, who attended the match in St Petersburg," an official statement issued by the French President's office said.

"Vladimir Putin congratulated Emmanuel Macron and the French fans on the victory of their team, which has put France in the World Cup final," it said.

Apart from the French leader, Putin also called King Philippe of Belgium who also attended the game on Tuesday night.

"The President of Russia also talked with King Philippe of Belgium, who also attended the match, saying that the Belgian team played top-class football throughout the championship," read the official statement.

France defeated Belgium by 1-0 margin the semi-final of the tournament.

In the final, France will face the winners of the second semi-final match between England and Croatia to be played on Wednesday in Moscow.

France won the title in 1998 and reached the final of the tournament in 2006.

Italy defeated France in the final in 2006 to lift the title.

Russia is hosting the current edition of the World Cup.

Vladimir Putin calls French President Emmanuel Macron after semi-final victory

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