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President of Croatia at the World Cup 2018: flew economy, watched the match with ordinary fans and invited Putin to Sochi

“I wanted to show that I’m a cheerleader like everyone else.”

The first in the history of Croatia, the woman president, Colinda Grabar-Kitarovich, came to Russia to support her country’s national team at the World Cup. The politician tells a lot about his trip to social networks and has already become aheroine of publications in the Russian media.

Grabar-Kitarovich flew to Russia on July 1 on an ordinary flight airplane. In the salon she was photographed with other passengers of economy class.

The Croatian president managed to play in the 1/8 finals in Nizhny Novgorod, where her team defeated Denmark. Grabar-Kitarovich, who previously received a fan’s passport, watched the game not in a box, but on a regular platform with other football fans.

I wanted to demonstrate that I’m as much a cheerleader as everyone else, to support the team in the circle of fans in the stands. I put on a T-shirt with national symbols, although the dress code in the VIP area, where long dresses are usually accepted, would not allow me to wear such a dress.

Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovich
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After the victorious match, the head of state went to the locker room to the national team of his country.

Grabar-Kitarovich congratulated the players with an exit in the quarter finals, and also embraced them and the head coach of the team.

#ajmohrvatska 🇭🇷 #zajednodokraja 🥇#sviusoci

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In his tweet (not verified, but the link to it is on the official website ), the president congratulated Russia on the “good game” and promised to come to Sochi on July 7. At the same time Grabar-Kitarovich was tagged by the English-speaking account of Vladimir Putin, which is maintained by his press office.

Whether the Russian president will visit the Russia-Croatia game on July 7 is still unclear. This is indeed so. Even his press secretary Dmitry Peskov said : “No, it’s not clear yet.”

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