Guests and participants of the FIFA 2017 Confederations Cup and the 2018 World Cup will certainly get a very warm welcome in Russia, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said.

Asked by Tass news agency how the upcoming major football events will influence Russia’s image worldwide, Lavrov said: “A lot depends on how we arrange everything, how we receive our guests. We are very hospitable.

“I’m sure that the Russian authorities will do their best to extend a warm welcome to all our guests,” he added.

Lavrov said that the Russian team is unpredictable. “As far as Team Russia’s performance is concerned, there is nothing I can say. They are always very unpredictable,” he said.