Meeting with IOC President Thomas Bach 2018-07-15 17:00:00 The Kremlin, Moscow Vladimir Putin met with President of the International Olympic Committee Thomas Bach. President of Russia Vladimir Putin: Mr President, Welcome to Moscow. I am very glad that you came for the World Cup final match and we have an opportunity to meet and talk. You have probably already seen the assessments from specialists and athletes. I hope we have managed to duplicate the success of hosting major international sports events, which we demonstrated while organising the Olympic Games in Sochi. I am very pleased to have this opportunity to meet with you and talk about the interaction between the Russian National Olympic Committee and the International Olympic Committee. Welcome. IOC President Thomas Bach (retranslated): Thank you very much, Mr President, for this kind welcome. It is a great honour for me to visit Russia to attend the World Cup final. I would like to offer my sincere congratulations on the immense success of the World Cup. Indeed, Russia has shown once again its ability to host such major events due to its exceptional organising skills. This is undoubtedly a tremendous success for all Russian people, who have shown that they are warm-hearted and friendly hosts. I think that the warm welcome shown by Russians to foreign guests has perhaps changed many assessments that could be heard in various countries, and proved that Russia is indeed a kind and friendly host. My congratulations. Vladimir Putin: Thank you very much.