Iceland said it suspended the diplomatic dialogue at the high level with Russian Federation and will not be present at 2018 FIFA World Cup due to Russia’s involvement with the poisoning of ex-GRU agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter in Salisbury. This was stated by the country’s Foreign Ministry.
“Among the measures taken by Iceland is a temporary suspension od bilateral dialogue at the high level with Russian authorities. Consequently, Iceland leaders will not attend the FIFA World Cup in Russia this summer,” the message says.
The government of the country called on Russia to explain how it was possible to use the nerve agent initially produced in Soviet laboratories in the attack in Britain.
“The government of Iceland insists that Russian authorities give clear answers on important questions regarding the investigation and fully cooperate with the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons,” the statement says.
Also, Iceland’s Foreign Ministry called Russian diplomat in the country.
British Prime Minister Theresa May decided to expel 23 Russian diplomats due to the incident in Salisbury. Russian diplomats had a week to leave Great Britain. Besides, the law enforcers will tighten control at the customs and check of private planes for the same reason. In return, Russia said it would expel 23 British diplomats as a reaction to Britain’s actions. Russian Foreign Ministry informed in its announcement.
Theresa May, British Prime Minister, stated that Russia was highly likely to be involved in Skripal’s case. Later, Britain had officially confirmed the use of Novichok nerve agent in Salisbury. Due to this, British representative accused Russia of violating of UN Charter and Chemical Weapons Convention at the UN Security Council session.