ZURICH (AP) – Organizers of the 2018 World Cup say Russian lawmakers will begin enacting laws early next year to protect the rights of FIFA and its sponsors.
FIFA requires host nations to guarantee tax exemptions and criminalize ambush marketing.
Sports minister Vitaly Mutko, a FIFA executive committee member, says Russia ''will fulfill all government guarantees'' for the monthlong tournament.
Support from Prime Minister Vladimir Putin was considered crucial in Russia's winning bid for the World Cup last year.
Russia's promises contrast with that of 2014 host Brazil, where lawmakers are objecting to being ''subservient'' to FIFA. Brazil President Dilma Rousseff met with FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke last week to improve relations.