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World Cup makes splash at NATO summit as leaders take a break to watch live

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It has been a successful NATO summit for Croatia President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic. The World Cup took care of that.

With a come-from-behind 2-1 win over favored England, Grabar-Kitarovic could eat her NATO gala dinner with that bit more gusto late Wednesday.

“We followed the game over dinner,” a beaming Grabar-Kitarovic said as she entered the last sessions of the NATO summit early Thursday.

A rare video of Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan, British Prime Minster Theresa May and Grabar-Kitarovic watching the much-anticipated game on the Turkish foreign minister’s phone showed a different side to the serious world of politics.

“It was wonderful because all the allies were cheering for all of us, mostly,” Grabar-Kitarovic said.

She was at the table together with French President Emmanuel Macron on Thursday and the two will meet again on Sunday - at the Moscow stadium where France plays Croatia in the final.

“This will be a successful summit and we will win on Sunday,” Grabar-Kitarovic confidently predicted.