Putin: FIFA Arrests Case of US Meddling Abroad
Russian President Vladimir Putin criticized the United States on Thursday for its corruption indictment against officials from football's governing body, calling the case an attempt to spread its jurisdiction to other countries.
Mr. Putin said in televised comments that the U.S. is also trying to prevent the reelection of FIFA President Sepp Blatter. That vote is due to happen Friday with Blatter facing one opponent in his bid to win a fifth term.
Russia is hosting the next edition of FIFA's premier event, the World Cup, in 2018.
Mr. Putin's comments follow a similar message from Russia's Foreign Ministry on Wednesday, which called the case an "illegal extraterritorial application of American law."
There was no immediate U.S. reaction to Mr. Putin's remarks.
The awarding of the 2018 games to Russia is part of a Swiss investigation into allegations of mismanagement and money laundering.
US Senator Says Momentum Growing to Lift Economic Sanctions on Cuba
A U.S. lawmaker says there is growing support in Congress to lift the five-decade-old economic embargo against Cuba imposed by the United States.
Democratic Senator Tom Udall of New Mexico made the comment Wednesday in Havana.
Udall said both Democrats and Republicans have expressed support for several pieces of legislation related to Cuba, including lifting the travel ban and promoting limited economic activity in agriculture and technology.
President Barack Obama has called on the Republican-controlled Congress to lift the embargo, which was imposed when Cuban revolutionary leader Fidel Castro aligned with the former Soviet Union after ousting longtime dictator Fulgencio Bautista in 1959.
Udall led a delegation of four Democratic lawmakers to Havana, where they held talks with Cuban officials and private citizens. One of the lawmakers, Minnesota Senator Al Franken, said there is "a very small minority" in Congress "who have a strong objection" with lifting the embargo.