Australia to boycott World Cup 2018 over nerve agent attack?
Australia to boycott World Cup 2018 over nerve agent attack?
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29 March, 2018, 02:00
The Reykjavik government also exhorted Moscow to provide "clear answers" over the poisoning of Sergei Skripal and his daughter in southwestern England on March 4.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov ensured that diplomatic World Cup boycotts from nations qualified to participate at Russian Federation 2018, such as Iceland and England, are "unlikely to affect" the tournament.
"The boycott of the World Cup is one of the further actions that could be taken in relation to this matter".
Two Russian diplomats identified as undeclared intelligence officers will be expelled by the Australian Government for actions inconsistent with their status, pursuant to the Vienna Conventions.
"When I was asked about it yesterday I was referring to the fact that Britain, for example, pursued an option of announcing that the Royal Family would not be attending the World Cup, but Australia is not considering a boycott".
Concerns the fall-out from the Skripal poisoning affair could spill over into the World Cup increased on Monday as Iceland announced its leaders would follow the UK's lead in boycotting the FIFA World Cup in Russian Federation.
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But for your country it's that bit more special, it's in your heart and your blood and you want to make the whole country proud. To win any trophy is always good. "Gareth has the ability to score every type of goal and there are similarities with Cristiano.
The governing body for Australian football said that as far as it was concerned, the World Cup was going ahead as planned.
"We have sought clarification regarding the Foreign Minister's comments about the World Cup", they said.
Russia is certain to respond to the diplomatic expulsions with measures of its own and anti-Russian rhetoric is only deepening in response to the Skripal affair.
Australia has already imposed a series of sanctions against Russia following the downing of Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17 and the Russian annexing of parts of Ukraine in 2014.
This will be the first World Cup held in Europe since the 2006 tournament in Germany; all but one of the stadium venues are in European Russia, west of the Ural Mountains, to keep travel time manageable.
To date the actions taken by the United Kingdom and its allies have been largely confined to expulsions of diplomats, with over 100 Russian officials expelled over the last few days - mainly from the U.S. and European countries.
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