Chief executive of the 2018 soccer World Cup Local Organising Committee Alexei Sorokin attends a news conference in Moscow, Russia July 14, 2018.
Putin ceremonially handed a football to the emir to mark the transfer to Qatar, which will be the first Arab country to host the tournament.
More than 3 million foreign tourists came to Russian Federation during the football World Cup, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said Monday, a day after the tournament's final match in Moscow.
Many fans from around the world have also spoken of a positive experience at the World Cup in Russian Federation. We are proud of what we've managed to achieve for fans of this wonderful sport.
On Friday, 12 Russian military intelligence officers were charged with hacking Hillary Clinton's 2016 presidential campaign and the Democratic Party in a stunning indictment three days before President Donald Trump meets with Putin in Helsinki on Monday.
"It goes without saying that we are ready to share the experience we've built up hosting the World Cup with our Qatari friends".
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I remember that when our country was awarded the right to host the World Cup, it was a huge celebration for the whole Arabic world.
I can certainly say we have fallen in love with Russian Federation.
He said: "After a very hard year, seeing the country united these last few weeks has been fantastic".
In the build-up to this year's World Cup, some Western politicians called for a boycott over Russia's annexation of Crimea and over allegations, denied by Moscow, that the Kremlin assassinates its opponents overseas.
The month-long tournament has been held without major security incidents, while concerns about possible racist incidents and hooligan violence that were raised in the run-up have not been borne out.
The tournament, however, proceeded without any significant organisational hitches, violence and evidence of racism or harassment of visitors.