MOSCOW, July 16 (Sputnik) - The 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia will not significantly affect Russia's key macroeconomic indexes including inflation, but will boost the development of the country's regions, the press service of the Russian Economic Development Ministry told Sputnik on Monday.
"According to the Russian Economic Development Ministry's preliminary estimates, the additional increase in the aggregate demand during the 2018 World Cup will be limited and will not have a significant impact on the key macroeconomic indexes, including inflation," the press service said.
According to the ministry, a large amount of investments was made while preparing for the World Cup, with most of the funds invested not in sports facilities, but in the infrastructure of general purposes, such as transport, telecommunications and energy.
"These investments will have a positive impact on the economy of the regions that hosted the World Cup in the long term, including by increasing the tourist traffic," the press service added.
Russia's first-ever FIFA World Cup kicked off on June 14 and ended with a spectacular final at the Luzhniki Stadium on Sunday with France beating Croatia 4-2 to lift the World Cup trophy for the second time.