Iceland joins England to announce that their government officials won’t attend FIFA World Cup Russia 2018. The British government has already announced that politicians and the members of the royal family won’t attend the FIFA World Cup in Russia.
The neighboring nation stands with their more influential neighbor in the decision to stay away from World Cup. The British government announced on March 14 that politicians and members of the royal family won’t attend the World Cup in Russia, and following the pursuit, Iceland’s foreign minister Gudlaugor Thor announced it on 27th March.
Gudlaugor Thor tweeted on Monday that his country stands with the UK over an attack against a former Russian spy in England. In a statement from the Ministry for Foreign Affairs, the government calls the attack against Sergei Skripal and his daughter in Salisbury “a grave violation of international law and threatens security and peace in Europe.”
#Iceland stands in solidarity with #UK over #SalisburyAttack taking diplomatic measures against #Russia. High-level bilat dialogue w/Russia postponed resulting in Icelandic leaders not attending @FIFAWorldCup. We urge Russia to cooperate w/the investigation & @OPCW @ForeignOffice
— Guðlaugur Þór (@GudlaugurThor) March 26, 2018
However official statement made clear, “Among the measures taken by Iceland is the temporary postponement of all high-level bilateral dialogue with Russian authorities. Consequently, Icelandic leaders will not attend the FIFA World Cup in Russia this summer.”
Icelanders enjoyed a very good Euro 2016 campaign as they beat England to reach quarterfinals stage. They are looking forward to enjoy the same success at World Cup in Russia, but it’s not good news that their leaders won’t be there to cheer for them.