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England fans 'will be safe' at World Cup

England fans 'will be safe' at World Cup

"We have sent an official note to the Foreign Office", he said. They were available free of charge at designated areas located in all hosting cities across Russian Federation as well as via e-mails and postal services during the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup.

Johnson, however, stressed the British government had no plans to stop the England side travelling to Russian Federation for the World Cup, telling MPs: "On balance, it would be incredibly unfair to punish the (England) team".

The World Cup will be held between June 14 and July 15, 2018, and will be staged at 12 stadiums located in 11 Russian cities: Moscow, St. Petersburg, Kazan, Nizhny Novgorod, Saransk, Sochi, Kaliningrad, Ekaterinburg, Rostov-on-Don, Volgograd and Samara.

Skripal, 66, was poisoned with a nerve agent in Salisbury earlier this month, and remains in hospital in a severe condition, along with his daughter Yulia.

The ambassador pointed out that an estimated 25million Russians died during the Soviet Union's fight against Hitler's Germany in World War II.

The Foreign Secretary described Vladimir Putin's staging of the tournament as an "emetic prospect" and said he was "deeply concerned" at the treatment travelling England fans would receive.

Despite the attack, Mr Johnson said the overall aim of improving relations with Russian Federation - as discussed during his trip to Moscow in December 2017 - remained "effectively unchanged".

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He was responding to Labour MP Ian Austin, who said the England team should not travel to the World Cup.

Earlier on Wednesday, the ministry took the extraordinary step of summoning representatives from every foreign diplomatic mission in Moscow to hear a long, public diatribe - the latest attempt to rebut British accusations that Russian Federation used a weapons-grade nerve agent in the poisoning in Salisbury, England.

He said: 'I will be happy to invite all the fans.

In a lengthy press conference, Mr Yakovenko slammed Boris Johnson's comments and laid into the United Kingdom for pointing the finger of blame for the poisoning of ex-spy Sergei Skripal at the Kremlin.

"Either the British authorities are not able to provide protection from such a, let's say, terrorist attack on their soil, or they, whether directly or indirectly, I am not accusing anyone, have orchestrated an attack on a Russian citizen", he said.

"I think the comparison with 1936 is certainly right", the minister replied, envisaging Putin "glorying in this sporting event".

The latest denial comes after the Court of Protection gave doctors the go-ahead to take blood samples from the Skripals for testing by the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons.


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