Iceland’s leaders will not attend the soccer World Cup in Russia this year as part of an international response to punish the Kremlin for a nerve agent attack on a former Russian spy in England that the British government has blamed on Moscow.
“Icelandic officials will not go to the FIFA World Cup in Russia this summer,” a statement from the foreign ministry read.
The EU member states have said it was highly likely Russia was responsible for the poisoning of Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia on March 4.
They also ordered the recall of the bloc’s ambassador to Moscow.
Iceland are in Group D alongside Nigeria, Argentina and Croatia.
Russia has repeatedly denied responsibility for the nerve agent attack.
“So far, Russia’s response has been severely lacking,” the Icelandic Foreign Ministry statement said. “Russia must provide credible explanations on how a nerve agent originally produced in Soviet laboratories came to be used to attack civilians in the United Kingdom.”