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Skripal attack motive may be to complicate World Cup hosting – Russian FM Lavrov

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov believes a motive behind the poisoning of former spy Sergei Skripal in Salisbury, UK, could be to complicate the hosting of the FIFA 2018 World Cup in Russia.

Interfax quoted Lavrov as saying the reasoning behind the nerve agent attack on Russian-born ex-MI6 agent Skripal could be to disrupt the tournament, which will be held in 11 host cities from June 14 to July 15 this summer.

READ MORE: Own goal: UK Prime Minister Theresa May confirms Prince Wills World Cup no go

On Wednesday, UK Primes Minister Theresa May confirmed no member of the royal family nor any British officials would attend Russia 2018. That included Prince William, the president of the English Football Association.

May’s actions came as the UK expelled 23 Russian diplomats from the country as part of her efforts to “dismantle the Russian espionage network in the UK,” and therefore no UK ministers or members of the royal family will attend this summer’s football festival.

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