Russia and Georgia have ended their football spat, dating back to a brief war in 2008, by agreeing to play each other.
UEFA President Michel Platini said Friday the two national football associations stated their willingness to play in 2016 European Championship qualifying matches.
''I'm very pleased to say that the Russians and Georgians can play together if they are in the same group,'' Platini said at a news conference.
The agreement comes before next month's qualifying draw and Russia hosting the Sochi Olympics near its Georgian border.
''I'm not sure what political discussions took place between their governments,'' Platini said. ''We're only in touch with the football associations.''
UEFA has kept apart Russia and Georgia in all national team competitions since the August 2008 conflict on the eve of the Beijing Olympics.
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