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Iceland to diplomatically boycott 2018 World Cup in Russian Federation

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"Icelandic officials will not go to the FIFA World Cup in Russian Federation this summer", read a statement from the Scandinavian country's foreign ministry.

The government has typically described the Kremlin's involvement in the attack - which hospitalised former Russian agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia - as a credible allegation but on Tuesday Turnbull abandoned such equivocal language.

Foreign dignitaries may be boycotting the 2018 World Cup in Russian Federation.

It comes after European countries, including 16 EU member states, as well as the USA and Canada, announced that they would be expelling Russian diplomats over the Skripal case.

"Among the measures taken by Iceland is the temporary postponement of all high-level bilateral dialogue with Russian authorities", the statement said.

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

Andrzej Duda, the President of Poland, was the first leader to stand with the United Kingdom after declaring his refusal to attend the sporting event's opening ceremony on June 14. "That is not the plan".

"There are a whole range of further options of action that could be taken, the boycott of the World Cup is one that could be taken in relation to this matter", Ms Bishop said in Canberra.

The 2018 FIFA World Cup kicks off in 79 days with the opening match in the Russian capital of Moscow.

"So far, Russia's response has been severely lacking".

He went on: "It is right for our governments not to give any help to Putin abusing the World Cup for his own self-glorification".

"It is good when you do well and win in friendly games before a major tournament like the World Cup but it is also important to be cautious because things will be different in competitive games".

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