Iceland join England by announcing diplomats will boycott World Cup in Russian Federation

However, later the same day she addressed the concerns, tweeting that "the government is not considering a boycott of the World Cup".

British Prime Minister Theresa May announced earlier this month that no ministers or members of the Royal Family will attend the tournament in the wake of the poisoning of former Russian spy Sergeri Skripal. Other countries have said they are considering some form of boycott. He and Ms Bishop refused to give any details of the Russian spies being thrown out, citing intelligence grounds.

Although the police investigation is ongoing and the OPCW is not expected to report on their analysis of samples taken from the scene of the poisoning of Sergei Skripal and his daughter in Salisbury, the United Kingdom government has declared the Russian state "highly likely" to be responsible and has been lobbying hard for diplomatic actions to be taken against Russia.

They bloc's ambassador to Moscow was subsequently recalled.

North Atlantic Treaty Organisation expelled seven Russian diplomats on Tuesday, adding to the global condemnation of the suspected poisoning of a former Russian spy in Britain.

"It reflects a pattern of recklessness and aggression by the Russian government ... this latest incident demanded a response", he said. Russian Federation won hosting rights to the event in December 2010.

That is wrong - the government is not considering a boycott of the #World Cup.

"She emphasised that we take seriously our role as a leader in the efforts to limit the spread of chemical weapons", a Coalition spokesman said after the private gathering of Liberal and Nationals MPs in Parliament House.

"In relation to sanctions, Australia already has a range of autonomous sanctions against Russia, in particular those that were imposed in the aftermath of the illegal annexation of Crimea, and those sanctions have been reviewed and updated over time, so we have sanctions against a number of individuals and a number of Russian entities", Bishop said on Tuesday.

Those remarks drew supportive comments from MPs in the room.