Less than 24 hours after U.S. and Swiss authorities unveiled a sweeping investigation into corruption at the highest ranks of FIFA, including how the 2018 World Cup was awarded to Russia, Moscow is hitting back.

Russia: U.S. FIFA Investigation Is Illegal, Extraterritorial Use of Law

In a statement Wednesday, Moscow accused Washington of illegally applying its laws around the world. “Once again we are calling on Washington to stop attempts to make justice far beyond its borders using its legal norms and to follow the generally accepted international legal procedures,” said Alexander Lukashevich, a Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman, adding that the recently announced investigation is “clearly another case of illegal exterritorial use of U.S. law.”

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