“On the one hand, we have to get used to politicization in sports, but this doesn’t mean that we should agree with it. Politicization of sporting events is a phenomenon contrary to the decisions adopted, in particular, by the UN, as well as bilateral and multilateral agreements among countries Sport is aimed at uniting, not dissociation,” said Russian Foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova at the briefing answering a question about attempts to politicize the UEFA Europa League final match, which was held in Baku May 29, ONA’s Moscow bureau reports.
“I would like to remind that everything that came to us from antiquity, and the traditions that were restored in the 20th century, show that sports activities are designed to reduce tensions in conflicts, and even cease hostilities. It seems to me that this tradition should be revived first of all,” Zakharova said.
Regarding security issues, Zakharova said that she cannot call Baku a dangerous city: “I enjoy coming to this city, I came there as an employee of the Foreign Ministry and at the same time I participated in some informal events, and I was shocked by the changes that took place in the capital of Azerbaijan over the past ten years. I speak regularly about this, so Baku is in my personal list of places I enjoy visiting.”