Gianni Infantino, left, met Vladimir Putin to discuss World Cup preparations ©Kremlin

Russian President Vladimir Putin held talks about this year's World Cup with FIFA President Gianni Infantino at the Kremlin.

The meeting was meant to take place in Sochi but was moved to Moscow after Putin decided to stay in the Russian capital following a plane crash on Sunday (February 11) in which 71 people died.

Infantino offered his condolences to Putin over the plane crash.

Prior to the meeting, Russia's official state news agency TASS reported Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov as saying: "Russia continues preparations for the World Cup, much of the work has already been done.

"These are the issues that will be discussed with Mr. Infantino."

The meeting was moved from Sochi to Moscow following Sunday's plane crash ©Getty Images
The meeting was moved from Sochi to Moscow following Sunday's plane crash ©Getty Images

Peskov added that the Russian President has a "very good and constructive personal relationship" with Infantino, who has now visited the Kremlin more than three times since taking up his position as FIFA President.

The duo also met in Krasnodar in May 2017.

The Russian Football Union recently reported the Norwegian Football Federation President Terje Svendsen to FIFA for claims he made about the Russian doping scandal.

In a recent interview, Svendsen claimed he was not convinced that FIFA was acting quickly enough after reports emerged that 34 Russian national team players identified in a report carried out by Canadian lawyer Richard McLaren on behalf of the World Anti-Doping Agency had allegedly violated anti-doping rules.

The World Cup will be hosted in 11 Russian host cities from June 14 to July 15.