Construction at World Cup stadium in Samara still behind schedule, says Federation Internationale de Football Association

Christian Purslow said a boycott would show what the world thought of President Putin

Christian Purslow said a boycott would show what the world thought of President Putin Mikhail Klimentyev Sputnik Reuters

Meanwhile the United States joined Germany and France in voicing support for Britain's position and blaming Russian Federation for the attack which was carried out with a secret nerve agent designed specifically for assassinations.

While the Foreign Office has so far stopped short of advising fans not to go to the World Cup, starting in June, Mr Johnson said they were monitoring the situation "very, very closely".

"That is what I think it was an attempt to excite amongst the Russian electorate".

Russian Federation will host the World Cup at 12 venues spread across 11 cities including Moscow, St Petersburg, Kazan and Sochi.

He also revealed that the British diplomat responsible for organising.

He said: "I think the comparison with 1936 is certainly right".

The U.K. and Russian Federation are curently in the middle of a diplomatic row, which saw both countries expelling diplomats after the British alleged Russian Federation poisoned a former-spy in the U.K. with a deadly nerve agent.

Christian Purslow, the former managing director of English Premier League football club Chelsea, has claimed a boycott of the 2018 World Cup would have a strong impact on Russian Federation in response to its alleged nerve agent attack.

In a letter to The Times, Purslow suggested that should fellow North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) allies Germany, France and Spain join England in a boycott, it would have a significant impact on Russian Federation and the country's President Vladimir Putin. Swedish foreign ministry spokesman Per Enerud told AFP "this is one of many ideas we are looking at" and Denmark said the same step was under discussion.

Vladimir Yermakov, deputy head of the ministry's department for non-proliferation, told a briefing for foreign envoys Wednesday that Britain is "hiding facts" and that key evidence might "disappear". "This has happened before in Great Britain, repeatedly".

"Where people have obtained wealth by corruption and where we can see a link with the Kremlin, with Vladimir Putin, it may be possible to have unexplained wealth orders and other sanctions on those individuals", Johnson said.Johnson said the government was considering something similar to the US "Magnitsky Act" which was adopted in 2012 to punish Russian officials accused of human rights violations.

Russian officials reacted to the growing diplomatic protest with a mixture of indignation and sarcasm.

Skripal, 66, and his 33-year-old daughter Yulia were exposed to an "unknown substance" while out in Salisbury on 5 March.

Latest News