Australia likely to boycott Russian Federation 2018 over nerve agent attack - Foreign Minister

Randall Padilla
March 29, 2018

"There are a whole range of further options of action that could be taken".

A total of 16 E.U. member states, other European countries, the USA, and Canada announced on Monday that they would be expelling Russian diplomats over the Sergei Skripal case.

At least six countries are planning a "state boycott" of Russia's upcoming 2018 World Cup after a botched nerve agent attack on British soil; announcing all government officials will stay home while their nation's athletes compete in the worldwide soccer competition.

The friendly match between the French and Russian national teams was one of the preparatory games for the upcoming World Cup, the document continued.

Earlier on Tuesday, Bishop warned a boycott of the World Cup was an action the government was considering as part of further sanctions against Russian Federation.

Meanwhile, Australia Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said their government is not planning to entertain a World Cup boycott.

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. Most of the victims were Dutch and 28 were Australians.

The federal government is stepping up diplomatic action against the European nation, expelling two Russian diplomats - believed to be undeclared spies - as part of a coordinated global response to a poisoning episode in the United Kingdom earlier this month.

The 2018 FIFA World Cup will be the 21st FIFA World Cup, a quadrennial worldwide football tournament contested by the men's national teams of the member associations of FIFA. 2018 World Cup will be held in Russia from June 14 to July 15 in eleven Russian cities.

"The FIFA World Cup is one of the further actions that could be taken in relation to this matter", she was quoted as saying by Sydney Morning Herald while addressing a joint press conference with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.

Iceland also said it is temporarily suspending its bilateral contacts with Russian Federation at the highest level.

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