FIFA World Cup

Britain’s threat to boycott the forthcoming World Cup in Russia if the nation is found complicit in the murder of a form spy has been described as potentially damaging.

The British government had made the statement on the heels of the poisoning of a Russian double agent who is living in England. It said it would respond decisively to any Russian involvement.

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British Prime Minister Theresa May said earlier on Monday it was “highly likely” that Moscow was responsible for the attack.

In its reaction, the Russian foreign ministry said the threat to boycott the 2018 FIFA World Cup, if carried out, would damage ties with Moscow and hurt world sport, Interfax news agency reported.

“We want to emphasize once again: such provocative statements, which fan anti-Russian hysteria, only complicate relations between our countries and are blow to world sport,” Interfax quoted the ministry as saying in a statement.