Putin, Saudi crown prince meet at World Cup

As Russia and Saudi Arabia prepared to meet in the opening match of the World Cup, President Vladimir Putin has told Saudi Arabia’s crown prince that he has to cheer for the home team.
“You know that we have very warm feelings for you, but I think you will understand that I cannot wish success to your team,” Putin told Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman Al Saud at a Thursday meeting.
The Saudi took the comment in stride, saying “No matter the outcome of today’s match, we will still be satisfied because we achieve success in different spheres due to our joint work.”