Moscow official says West is trying to deny Russia World Cup
Russian foreign ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova has accused the UK and US of seeking to stop her country hosting this summer’s World Cup.
Speaking in a lengthy interview with a Russian TV channel, she said their “main aim” was to “take the World Cup out of Russia”.
The UK has been seeking to punish Russia after accusing it of mounting a nerve agent attack in Britain.
The Royal Family will shun the World Cup as part of the British response.
However, there is currently no suggestion the England team will boycott the prestigious championship, which opens in June.