United Kingdom compares 2018 WC with Hitler's Olympics

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"I think the comparison with 1936 is certainly right", the minister replied, envisaging Putin "glorying in this sporting event".

Johnson said in an appearance before the Foreign Affairs Committee: "Putin is going to use it the way Hitler used the 1936 Olympics".

European governments are lining up behind Britain in considering a diplomatic snub of the World Cup in protest at the poisoning of a former double agent and his daughter on British soil that is being widely blamed on Russian Federation.

Britain has also said it will not send ministers or members of the royal family in delegations to the World Cup, but Johnson said it would be unfair on the players for the England team itself to withdraw.

The poisoning of former military intelligence officer Sergei Skripal and his daughter in British Salisbury does not mean that all contacts with Russian Federation should be stopped stated British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson.

Johnson said Putin's actions, including the accusation Russian Federation was behind the Salisbury nerve-agent attack, was a result of his "revanchist bitter feeling about the way the Cold War ended".

Hitler wanted the 1936 Games to be a symbol of Aryan supremacy and famously refused to shake hands with American star Jesse Owens, the black track and field athlete who won four gold medals in Berlin. "This has happened before in Great Britain, repeatedly", he said.

Maria Zakharova said she found it frightening that Mr Johnson represents a nuclear power.

Mr Johnson said: "As we saw in the case of the murder of Alexander Litvinenko, the trail of responsibility for such assassinations and assassination attempts does lead inexorably back to the Kremlin".

Russian Federation selected 11 host cities to be the venues for the matches of the 2018 World Cup and they are Moscow, St. Petersburg, Sochi, Kazan, Saransk, Kaliningrad, Volgograd, Rostov-on-Don, Nizhny Novgorod, Yekaterinburg and Samara.

Mr Yermakov complained that the Russians had been denied consular access to Ms Skripal, who remains a Russian citizen, and said that it was up to the United Kingdom authorities to explain what had happened. The competition is scheduled to take place in Russian Federation from 14th June to 15th July.

Sergei and Julia Skripal, who were poisoned in Salisbury on March 4, are in critical condition until now.

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