Iceland to diplomatically boycott 2018 World Cup in Russian Federation

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Although the police investigation is ongoing and the OPCW is not expected to report on their analysis of samples taken from the scene of the poisoning of Sergei Skripal and his daughter in Salisbury, the United Kingdom government has declared the Russian state "highly likely" to be responsible and has been lobbying hard for diplomatic actions to be taken against Russia.

Bishop said she thought Australia had taken "appropriate action" with the removal of the two Russian diplomats.

Iceland officials join the U.K.in their World Cup boycott as Prime Minister Theresa May has confirmed on March 14 that no members of the British royal family or government ministers will attend the event.

Iceland's decision came as 16 European Union countries on Monday gave a large number of Russian envoys notice to leave their territory.

Speaking after Australia joined more than 20 other countries in agreeing to send Kremlin representatives back to Moscow, foreign minister Julie Bishop suggested the Socceroos could be banned from competing in the sporting spectacle - as the UK's allies continue to isolate Russian Federation in response to the poisoning of a former spy in England. In total, 100 diplomats are being removed, the biggest Western expulsion since the height of the Cold War.




A few hours later, Ms Bishop tweeted: "That is wrong - the government is not considering a boycott of the World Cup".

The UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson stated March 15 that he did not support a boycott of the World Cup by the England team saying that: "I don't want to punish either English fans or the English team, I've got to be honest with you".

Foreign dignitaries may be boycotting the 2018 World Cup in Russian Federation.

Australia had 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 year's World Cup will see Iceland compete for the first time at the highest level.

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