Australia Could Snub World Cup, Says Foreign Minister

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Julie Bishop, foreign minister of Australia has revealed that the Socceroos could boycott the Russia World Cup, due to political tensions between the countries.

Two Russian diplomats, believed to be undeclared spies have been expelled out of Canberra, following nerve agent attack in the UK.

Bishop has explained the tensions could mean Australia will not participate in the showpiece event in Russia.

“In relation to sanctions, Australia already has a range of autonomous sanctions against Russia, in particular those that were imposed in the aftermath of the illegal annexation of Crimea, and those sanctions have been reviewed and updated over time, so we have sanctions against a number of individuals and a number of Russian entities,” Bishop said on Tuesday.

“The impact of sanctions, of course, is strongest when it is done collectively, and so we will continue to liaise with the (UK) Foreign Office and other allies and partners on this issue as to whether further action will be taken in response to the deployment of a chemical nerve agent in Salisbury.

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

“The boycott of the World Cup is one of the further actions that could be taken in relation to this matter.”



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