Iceland officials boycotting football World Cup in Russian Federation

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The attempted assassinations took place in England earlier this year, which led to claims England may boycott the World Cup as a result, however Australia has only recently taken measures to review official sanctions.

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.

They also ordered the recall of the bloc's ambassador to Moscow.

But in a tweet on Tuesday afternoon, Ms Bishop responded to media reports saying that the government was considering a boycott: "That is wrong - the government is not considering a boycott of the World Cup".

Prime Minister Theresa May last week announced that Prince William and all her Government ministers will not take part in the competition.

Bishop further went on to add that orders have already been issued for the expulsion of two Russian diplomats identified as undeclared intelligence officers and have been given seven days to leave the country.

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It comes after the U.S. and European Union countries announced the expulsion of diplomats over the Sergei Skripal poisoning case.

He said the chemical attack in Salisbury on March 4 was "an attack on all of us" and every democratic nation that respected the rule of law.

The strength and resilience displayed by the United Kingdom and other European nations was commended by the Labour Party with MP Ian Austin stating "it is great to see solidarity from our allies on this".

"The Foreign Minister acknowledged she had no doubt there would be some retaliation and that Australian diplomats would likely be expelled from Russian Federation, and our relationship was strained and tense, but we were in good company and doing the right thing", the spokesman said.

The Australian government is considering boycotting the Russian tournament as it looks to continue the global backlash against Russia for the perceived state-organised attempted assassination of prominent Russian defector Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia.

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