Australia is said to be going through a diplomatic crisis as the federal government has expelled two Russian spies after a poisoning incident in the United Kingdom.
Iceland's soccer team qualified for the World Cup for the first time in history this year, but the country's top government officials will not be traveling to Russia to mark the achievement, remaining home in protest of the nerve-agent attack earlier this month on Sergei Skripal and his adult daughter, Yulia, two Russians who were found unconscious on a park bench in Salisbury, England, and remain in critical condition.
Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop speak to the media during a news conference at Parliament House in Canberra, Australia, March 27, 2018.
"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 has 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.
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Iceland's decision came as 16 European Union (EU) countries today gave a large number of Russian envoys notice to leave their territory.
"When I was asked about it yesterday I was referring to the fact that Britain, for example, pursued an option of announcing that the Royal Family would not be attending the World Cup, but Australia is not considering a boycott".
A total of 64 matches will be played in 12 venues located in 11 cities.