Press Secretary of the President Dmitry Peskov

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MOSCOW, March 28. /TASS/. Possible diplomatic boycott world Cup 2018 in Russia from the management of a number of countries after the incident in Salisbury unlikely to affect the carrying out of these competitions. This opinion was expressed to journalists the press Secretary of the President Dmitry Peskov.

“In this case, the refusal of officials to attend those other events in the framework of the world Cup is unlikely to have any negative impact on the sports festival as a whole, because in the world championship on football the main thing – not the arrival of officials or official representatives, what matters is the team,” – said the representative of the Kremlin .

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Prime Minister Theresa may had previously announced that the members of the British government and the Royal family will not attend the championship in connection with the situation with a poisoning in the English Salisbury on March 4, the former GRU Colonel Sergei Skripal and his daughter Julia. Also in mass media there was information that some other Western countries are going to boycott at the diplomatic level, the 2018 world Cup in Russia because of the case Skripal, in which Britain accuses Moscow.

The world Cup will be held in 11 Russian cities from June 14 to July 15.

The championship will bring together teams from Russia, Brazil, Iran, Japan, Mexico, Belgium, South Korea, Saudi Arabia, Germany, England, Spain, Nigeria, Costa Rica, Poland, Egypt, Iceland, Serbia, Portugal, France, Uruguay, Argentina, Colombia, Panama, Senegal, Morocco, Tunisia, Switzerland, Croatia, Sweden, Denmark, Australia and Peru.