Last Friday, the State Department of the United States of America warned Americans that terrorists may consider the games or the World Cup venues in Russia as a target. The venues are hosting the month-long soccer tournament, however, it did not lead to any specific threat.
In a travel advisory, the department stated: “Large-scale international events such as the World Cup present an attractive target for terrorists.”
It added: “Although security for the World Cup will be extensive, terrorists may seek to attack event locations such as stadiums and Fan Fest viewing areas, tourist sites, transportation hubs, and other public venues.”
It said that travellers should also anticipate the increased presence of police officials and enhanced security measures in and around the venues of the World Cup.
The advisory of the State Department also notes that assistance to citizens of the United States from American consulate services may also be “unreasonably” withheld by authorities in Russia.
The department stated: “Due to the Russian government-imposed reduction on U.S. diplomatic personnel in Russia, the U.S. government has reduced ability to provide services to U.S. citizens.”
According to the advisory, Russia is enduring unrest in the regions of Chechnya and North Ossetia, among others.
Just like the previous advisories that were released, the State Department advised Americans to reconsider travelling to Russia in general because of the threat of terrorism, and due to possible extortion and harassment from law enforcement and some other officials.
The said travel advisory was released two days after it was announced that the Canada, Mexico, and the United States of America had jointly won a bid to host the World Cup in 2026.
On his personal Twitter account, US President Donald Trump had lobbied for the bid and during a press conference with Muhammadu Buhari, the President of Nigeria, last April.
On Wednesday, he tweeted: “The U.S., together with Mexico and Canada, just got the World Cup.”
He continued: “Congratulations – a great deal of hard work!
The World Cup in Russia this year kicked off last Thursday and is scheduled to end on the 15th of July.