European Commission's spokesperson denies rumors on 2018 FIFA World Cup's boycott

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Iceland later followed suit by, also refusing to send official state representatives to the World Cup, with the Russian envoy to the country Anton Vasilyev saying that Iceland was temporarily suspending its bilateral contacts with Russia "at the highest level". Western countries have blamed Moscow of the March 4 poisoning of the former double agent in Salisbury, U.K.

At least one England player is considering hiring his own security firm to travel to Russian Federation with his family for this summer's World Cup as the squad wait to find out whether or not the Football Association will make any special safety arrangements for their wives, girlfriends and children.

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has suggested several tough measures which include the boycotting of the FIFA World Cup.

"In relation to sanctions, Australia already has a range of autonomous sanctions against Russia, in particular those that were imposed in the aftermath of the illegal annexation of Crimea, and those sanctions have been reviewed and updated over time, so we have sanctions against a number of individuals and a number of Russian entities", Bishop said on Tuesday. "That is not the plan".

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". However, later the same day she addressed the concerns, tweeting that "the government is not considering a boycott of the World Cup".

Boris Johnson has stepped up his anti-Russian rhetoric in recent days, even being accused of insulting the memory of the millions of Russians who died fighting Nazism by comparing the upcoming World Cup with the 1936 Olympics held in Berlin.

Separately, Polish President Andrzej Duda announced his intention not to participate in the FIFA World Cup opening ceremony. "If we won it we would be demonstrating that we have got the best football team in the world and it should be about that".

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