Boris Johnson Compares World Cup In Russia To Hitler Hosting The Olympics

"As far as all my briefings and information is, we're preparing to go to the World Cup - there's no doubt in our mind that's what we should be doing".

Meanwhile the United States joined Germany and France in voicing support for Britain's position and blaming Russian Federation for the attack which was carried out with a secret nerve agent designed specifically for assassinations.

"You can't imagine anything more counter-productive to the UK's ability to help fans in Russian Federation, so there is an issue - there is a discussion", Johnson added.

"It is Britain that has been most forthright and most obstinate in sticking up for our values and I think that is the reason it was decided to make that gesture in this country".

Asked whether Theresa May agreed with Johnson that Russian Federation holding the World Cup was "emetic", the prime minister's spokesman said: "The foreign secretary is giving evidence to the select committee on behalf of the government".

Austin added that England, the sole member of the four nations that represent the United Kingdom that will participate in Russian Federation, should boycott the event in protest at the alleged chemical attack.

"Your characterization of what is going to happen in Moscow in the World Cup, in all the venues, yes, I think the comparison with 1936 is certainly right".


Responding to concerns about fan safety following the expulsion of British diplomats in the wake of the Salisbury nerve agent attack, Mr Johnson said it was up to the "Russians to guarantee the safety of England fans".

Britain and Russian Federation have expelled 23 of each other's diplomats in a tit-for-tat response to the attack, and Britain is seeking to rally allies for new measures against Moscow.

"All the facts are being concealed intentionally and the real evidence could (have) vanished". Swedish foreign ministry spokesman Per Enerud told AFP "this is one of many ideas we are looking at" and Denmark said the same step was under discussion.

Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said Johnson is "poisoned with venom of hate, unprofessionalism and boorishness", adding that "it's scary to remember that this person represents the political leadership of a nuclear power".

"This took place on the territory of Great Britain", he said.

Inspectors from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons are now working in Salisbury, where Skripal and his daughter were found unconscious on a park bench on March 4 after visiting a pub in the area.

Meanwhile The Sun is reported that diplomatic tensions could spill over into the stands with Russian Ultras making threats against English fans on social media.


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