Australian government says not planning to boycott World Cup

England player considers hiring own security firm to travel to Russia with his family for World Cup

Some England players have raised concerns about the security arrangements for their famlies Credit Getty Images

Although the police investigation is ongoing and the OPCW is not expected to report on their analysis of samples taken from the scene of the poisoning of Sergei Skripal and his daughter in Salisbury, the United Kingdom government has declared the Russian state "highly likely" to be responsible and has been lobbying hard for diplomatic actions to be taken against Russia.

Australia also said it would also expel two Russian diplomats in response to the incident that the British government has blamed on Moscow.

'There are a whole range of options of further actions that could be taken.

The British government has accused the Kremlin of organizing the March 4 attack, which is thought to have exposed as many as 130 people to the nerve agent, and announced shortly thereafter said that members of the Royal Family - including Prince William, president of the English Football Association - would not be attending the World Cup.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov ensured that diplomatic World Cup boycotts from nations qualified to participate at Russian Federation 2018, such as Iceland and England, are "unlikely to affect" the tournament.

And it appears Iceland, who are competing in their first ever World Cup, are the second nation to have have followed suit.

Bishop later tweeted a link to an SBS News story on the boycott, saying, "That is wrong - the government is not considering a boycott of the #World Cup".

"Because in the World Cup what is important", he continued, "is not the arrival of delegates or official representatives, the important thing is the team matches".

Australia had already imposed a series of sanctions against Russia following the downing of Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17 and the Russian annexing of parts of Ukraine in 2014. "This decision reflects the shocking nature of the attack - the first offensive use of chemical weapons in Europe since World War II, involving a highly lethal substance in a populated area, endangering countless other members of the community".

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