The Russian national football team has wished Serbia the best of luck in their World Cup campaign, which begins on Thursday against five-time champions Brazil.
Russia and Serbia have warm relations, although last September President Aleksandar Vucic said Belgrade would not recognize the results of a referendum held in four regions of Ukraine partially occupied by Russian forces.
“Good luck in the World Cup. We believe in your success, brothers,” the Russian team, which was not allowed to take its place in the qualifying playoffs because of a FIFA ban on Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine, wrote on its social media accounts.
Some Serbian fans are expected to carry Russian flags at Lusail Stadium. According to the rules, they are allowed to do so, but none of the flags can have Russian military emblems. Flags under intense scrutiny at Qatar World Cup, which started last Sunday