MOSCOW, July 17 (Sputnik) - Moscow Mayor Sergey Sobyanin said on Tuesday that he hoped that the "atmosphere of hospitality" that prevailed in the Russian capital during the 2018 FIFA World Cup would last.
"We hope that this atmosphere of hospitality will last after the World Cup," Sobyanin said at the Moscow Urban Forum.
He also said that he was impressed by the "special spirit" that Moscow had during the tournament.
"There was such a unity of Muscovites and fans, and... the special spirit that seemed to be completely different during the World Cup. We've seen Moscow from a different perspective - its hospitality, the smiles, the friendly atmosphere - everything was amazing," Sobyanin said.
The 2018 FIFA World Cup kicked off on June 14 and came to a close on Sunday, with France beating Croatia 4-2 in the final. The matches were played in 11 cities across Russia, including Moscow, which hosted 12 games at two venues.