British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson affirmed on Tuesday that his country had no desire to boycott the World Cup in Russia next June despite the growing tension over the nerve agent attack on former Russian spy and his daughter in Britain this month.
“There are no plans to boycott the World Cup in Russia or try to get a boycott from the England team which is a matter for the Football Association not the Government,” Johnson told British lawmakers at the House of Commons session.
“We have no desire to punish England fans.” He, however, reiterated that there would be no attendance by British ministers or the Royal family.
“Several other countries have decided to put in place the same measures,” he noted.
The British top diplomat stressed that Russia is totally responsible for the safety of UK fans.
“The onus is on the Russian authorities to honor their FIFA contract to make sure they keep Scottish fans and British fans are safe,” he said.
Source: Kuwait News Agency