Ukraine's National Public Television Company is not going to broadcast FIFA 2018 World Cup in Russia. Zurab Alasania, the head of the broadcaster said that on Monday.
'We refuse to broadcast it. It's a huge multi-millions-worth deal. This is a huge deal, and it's worth many million dollars. The rights were purchased back in 2013. It's a tough decision to make. Can we broadcast the World Cup games in Russia? No', Alasania said.
According to Pavlo Klimkin, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ukraine holds the negotiations with the football federations and fan organizations on the possibility to boycott the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia or holding of the protests within this event. Pavlo Klimkin, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine
‘We negotiate with different federations. I can open this question. We also talk to different fan organizations towards the ways to open different political issues: boycotting this tournament or clearly stating the position on the stay in Russia’, Klimkin claimed at the press conference on the results of the Ukrainian diplomacy in 2017 and priorities for 2018.
According to the minister, the negotiations are held separately with the federations and organizations of the football fans.