Boris Johnson, British Foreign Minister, said that Russia’s President Putin would use the World Cup, which will be held this summer, for its PR, just like Adolf Hitler did with the Olympic Games in Berlin in 1936, as BBC reports.
Jonson, delivering a speech at the session of Foreign Affairs Select Committee, commented on the remark of Ian Austin, Labour party deputy, who called for Britain to leave the World Cup-2018.
“Putin intends to use it just as Hitler used the Olympics 1936,” Austin said.
“I think, that your characterization of what is going to happen in Moscow, the World Cup…yes, I think, the comparison with 1936 is certainly right,” Jonson said.
Still, British Foreign Minister stated that in his opinion, it would be unfair to prohibit English team from participating in World Cup 2018.
Maria Zakharova, Russian Foreign Minister, wrote on her Facebook page that Johnson is poisoned by anger and fury, unprofessionalism and rudeness.
“There is no doubt that London’s actions towards Russia are connected with the following – to create an enemy image, making up any, even the most absurd, basis for this. British politician’s vector is to the full-scale strike of the World Cup in Russia. But at what costs? At the cost of provocations and offenses, confronting the states and nations, disruption of the international peace,” she wrote.
“It is obvious, that he (Johnson, - ed.) is poisoned by anger and fury, unprofessionalism and rudeness. It is terrible to remember, but this person is a representative of the political leadership of the nuclear-weapon state, which bears specific responsibility for the actions of the international scene and peacekeeping,” Zakharova added.
Earlier, Britain expelled 23 Russian diplomats due to the incident in Salisbury. They left Russian Embassy in London along with their families yesterday. London declared protest to World Cup 2018 in Russia.
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 UN Charter and Chemical Weapons Convention violation at the UN Security Council session.