UK expels 23 Russian diplomats in response to Skripal poisoning; royals won’t attend World Cup

British Prime Minister Theresa May announced a raft of measures in response to an attack on a former double agent it blames on Russia | © AFP | Daniel LEAL-OLIVAS
British Prime Minister Theresa May announced a raft of measures in response to an attack on a former double agent it blames on Russia | © AFP | Daniel LEAL-OLIVAS

Moscow (AFP) | 14 March 2018 14:28

The measure was one of a number announced by British Prime Minister Theresa May on Tuesday in response to the March 4 poisoning of Sergei Skripal and his daughter in England.

May said her government had found that Russia was “culpable” of the attack.

“It is every fan’s choice, whether to come or not,” Russia’s World Cup organising committee chief Alexey Sorokin told the RIA Novosti news agency.

“It will have no impact on the quality of the tournament. We still intend to organise it at the highest level,” said Sorokin.

“It is a shame that not everyone adheres to the principle of football being outside politics,” he added.

The possibility of the English team boycotting the first World Cup staged in Russia has been heavily analysed by the Moscow press.

May announced a raft of measures that included expelling 23 Russian diplomats and suspending high-level diplomatic contacts with Moscow.

“There will be no attendance by ministers — or indeed members of the royal family — at this summer’s World Cup in Russia,” May told lawmakers.

© 2018 AFP

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