By Justin Sink
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and Russian President Vladimir Putin will attend Sunday’s World Cup final together in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil’s foreign ministry told the Associated Press.
It’s not certain if Poroshenko will arrive in time for a pre-game lunch hosted by Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff. Putin and other European leaders, including German Chancellor Angela Merkel are expected to attend.
Ironically, it’s not the first time soccer has served as the backdrop for high-stakes negotiations on Ukraine.
In March, Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov were photographed kicking a soccer ball around the U.S. ambassador’s house in London while discussing Russia’s decision to seize Crimea.