Kremlin says official delegations' absence unlikely to affect World Cup

MOSCOW (Reuters) - A Kremlin spokesman said on Wednesday that a decision by some Western countries not to send delegations to this summer's soccer World Cup was unlikely to affect the competition.

Russia is hosting the world's most prestigious soccer tournament from June 14 to July 15.

(Reporting by Andrew Osborn, writing by Denis Pinchuk; Editing by Kevin Liffey)