Blatter: Russia has good chance for 2018
"I have taken a genuine liking for the Russian bid," Blatter told Putin through a translator during their meeting at the government headquarters in Moscow.
"Your bid is very good and if you continue with the same ambition you have good chances."
Last week, Russia launched its ambitious bid to bring the soccer's most prestigious event to the world's largest country for the first time.
Football's world governing body FIFA will announce the 2018 and 2022 hosts in December 2010.