French Consul General in St. Petersburg Hughes de Chavagnac and his Belgian colleague Hans Timbremont have praised the "wonderful atmosphere" created at this year's FIFA World Cup in Russia.
"I attended the Fan Fest and saw that the atmosphere was wonderful there, all fans confirmed it. Regardless of the beauty of this sporting event itself, this World Cup was helpful in breaking the stereotypes about Russia that might exist," de Chavagnac told journalists.
He added that Russia had proved that it could welcome fans from all over the world.
"I saw in these recent weeks how well the Russians can receive fans of all nationalities," Belgian Consul General Timbremont said.
He added that one of the main features of the 2018 World Cup was the fans' decent and respectful behaviour.