Judith Gough, the Ambassador of the UK to Ukraine thinks that the imposing of the new sanctions against Russia due to the poisoning of Sergey Skripal, the former GRU officer and his daughter will depend on the further steps of Russia as Interfax-Ukraine reported.
‘We have not announced the new sanctions yet besides those already imposed but it is obvious that everything will depend on the further steps of Russia. The main thing we will continue to protector our national security’, she said at the airing of ICTV on April 1.
Gough specified that the expulsion of the Russian diplomats is not just the act of the solidarity with the UK, ‘it is also a clear response to the fact which we consider as the threat to our collective security. It is a result not only of a good diplomacy but our collective feeling that we faced a new and severe challenge by Russia’.
The diplomat explained that the UK does not intend to restrict its football fans and teams in the visiting of the 2018 FIFA World Cup that should take place in Russia.
‘Talking about the idea that we attempt to disrupt the FIFA World Cup is the nonsense. The British are truly football nation. And of course we want to watch a good football, there is no conspiracy. However, we will not send the official delegations, parliament’s members and members of the royal family to the World Cup. At the same time, we do not aim to restrict the English football fans and teams but we should be sure in their security’, the ambassador said.
The humanitarian and human rights organizations that work in Syria urge to boycott 2018 FIFA World Cup. Moreover, Foreign Minister Boris Johnson added that the leading Russian officials and members of the royal family are not going to visit Russia for FIFA World Cup matches. Johnson also said that the government considers the option to ban the national football team from the competition.
As it was reported about 30 countries of the world announced the expulsion of 144 workers of the Russian diplomatic missions in the response to the chemical attack in Salisbury. Ukraine also joined the sanctions and claimed the expulsion of 13 diplomats.