Helsinki summit: Putin cheers Trump by giving him football made in Pakistan

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Russia’s President Vladimir Putin lighten up at post-summit press conference with American president  Donald Trump on Monday by presenting him with a World Cup football made in Pakistan.

Trump had complimented his counterpart on Russia’s successful hosting of World Cup 2018, which ended after grand finale a day before the summit, in Moscow.

Facing a barrage of questions about the war in Syrian and Russia’s alleged role in Trump’s 2016 election victory, both men broke into brief smiles as the Kremlin chief handed over the souvenir.


“Speaking about having the ball in our court in Syria,” Putin said, in an awkward change of subject. “President Trump has just mentioned that we’ve successfully concluded the football World Cup.

“Speaking of football, actually, Mr President, I will give the ball to you and now the ball is in your court. All the more as the United States will host the World Cup in 2026.”

The Adidas Telstar 18 which was the official match ball of the 2018 FIFA World Cup was produced in Sialkot. Pakistan remained the official football provider for FIFA World Cup.

 

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