MINSK, 25 February. In the Kremlin do not see “a political component” in that fans of Turkish club Fenerbahce will not come to Russia. “To speak about any crisis, if no visas were not asked, inappropriate,” – said the press Secretary of the President Dmitry Peskov.
Alexander Zhukov hopes that the match “Lokomotiv” – “Fenerbahche” will pass without incident
“To speak about any crisis, if none of the visas is not addressed, inappropriate, – told reporters the President’s press Secretary Dmitry Peskov. No political content here”.
However, the representative of the Kremlin admitted that he learned from media reports that the fans of Fenerbahce are not going to Russia.
“I haven’t checked – was not possible – the message from our Consulate General in Istanbul that appeals fans for visas was not” – said Peskov. Therefore, according to him, “if there were patients, and that there was some massive failure, then, of course, it makes sense to look at the reasons for this refusal”.
The return match of 1/16 finals of the Europa League on football between FC Lokomotiv Moscow and Turkish club Fenerbahce will take place on Thursday at the stadium.
The Turkish Embassy in Moscow reported that representatives of the football club “Fenerbahce” and the four members of the Turkish interior Ministry had no problems with getting Russian visas. “In Russia for the upcoming match come four members of the Turkish interior Ministry, they received visas, said the Embassy spokesman. – All players and staff of the club also received visas, there were no problems”. “We have no information about the fans and their requests for Russian visas,” he added.
Despite tense relations between Russia and Turkey, additional security measures the organizers will not be accepted. Approximately two thousand police officers, servicemen of internal troops and security organizations.
The first match between the teams took place on 16 February in Istanbul, he ended with the score 2:0 in favor of the hosts. It was reported that the Turkish fans attacked the bus with fans of “Locomotive” a few metres from the stadium, throwing stones at him. However, the police at the time prevented the attack and arrested at least four fans of Fenerbahce.