FIFA has confirmed that Russia will not be expelled from the World Cup qualifiers, but that this remains an option, according to media reports.

The International Football Association, FIFA, had confirmed that Russia would not play under its flag and its national anthem would not be played, announcing that Russia would be deprived of playing on its soil.

On the fourth day of the war, fighting continued in a number of Ukrainian cities with Russian forces, coinciding with attempts to conduct negotiations, and after Kiev refused to hold the negotiations in Belarus, it retreated and announced its intention to participate.

Vladimir Medinsky, head of the Russian delegation to the upcoming negotiations with Ukraine in the Belarusian city of Gomel, announced that Kiev had agreed to hold the meeting, and that the Russian delegation would go to the venue.

For his part, Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko said that he suggested to his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin that the Russian delegation stay in Gomel and that negotiations with Ukraine be postponed for some time.

Medinsky’s announcement that Kiev had agreed to hold the negotiations came after a telephone conversation between Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky and Lukashenko.

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