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Moscow: Russia will replace imported materials with domestic equivalents for construction projects of the 2018 FIFA World Cup, the government said on Monday.

The order signed by Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said: “It is necessary to modify the contracts on stadiums projects concerning the replacement of foreign-made equipment and materials with Russian equivalents.”

The Sports Ministry, which has been acting as a governmental client in dealing with the construction of football stadiums, will be allowed to change the price, timing and volume of works without inviting new tenders in order to optimise the projects, reports Xinhua.


Earlier this month, the Sports Ministry announced it would cut over $400 million of its spending of the World Cup, with 25 events to be cancelled and 14 more downsized to save 27 billion rubles (over $475 million) for the organisers.

Preparations for the tournament require implementation of about 300 infrastructure projects in 11 host cities. Besides, 20 more cities were involved in visitors’ accommodation service program.