The Mundial host President Vladimir Putin wished team Panama success for the 2018 FIFA at a meeting with Panamanian President Juan Carlos Varela Rodriguez and also acknowledged the two countries have a lot to do to boost economic ties.
“We wish success to your national team,” Putin said, adding that as far as he knew, around 4,000 football fans had arrived in Russia from Panama. The Russian leader also noted that Team Panama would play at a FIFA World Cup for the first time, according to TASS.
He continued by speaking about bilateral relations and said that bilateral trade “is rather modest, there is room for improvement in this area.”
The Russian president also pointed out that Panama’s president was accompanied by a large delegation of businessmen who were planned to hold a meeting with their Russian counterparts on Thursday. The meeting will be sponsored by Russia’s Chamber of Commerce and Industry.