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Britain 'Ready To Ask' Russia To Extradite Suspects In Skripal Poisonings

09 August 2018

The UK is poised to ask Russian Federation to extradite suspects over the nerve agent poisoning in Salisbury, according to reports.

Diplomatic relations deteriorated in the wake of the Skripal case and could take a further downward turn if Russian Federation refuses to extradite the two people in question, a step it is unlikely to take.

The Times newspaper alleged in reports that detectives from the Metropolitan Police in London are understood to be confident they have identified the would-be assassins who used a perfume bottle containing the deadly poison novichok in their unsuccessful attempt to kill Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia, aged 33, in March.

The move was reciprocated by Moscow.

Moscow has categorically denied all accusations over the novichok attacks.

Her partner, Charlie Rowley, was also stricken.

Two Russians are said to have been identified as suspects in the attack which left one person dead and three injured.

They say the Crown Prosecution has prepared an extradition request and it is ready to file, according to sources from Whitehall.

Britain blamed Russian Federation for the poisonings and identified the poison as Novichok, a deadly group of nerve agents developed by the Soviet military in the 1970s and 1980s. "It's nearly a rerun of the situation", The Guardian quoted a government source as saying. "The police have managed to identify the people coming over and going back again", sources told The Guardian. The Russian constitution prevents the extradition of Russian citizens to another state.

Since 2007, the United Kingdom has been seeking extradition of Russian deputy Andrei Lugovoi and entrepreneur Dmitry Kovtun in the case of the murder of FSB officer Alexander Litvinenko. Later, Sturgess died in the hospital, the other victims were discharged after treatment.

Police have said they believe the two incidents are related, theorizing that perpetrators first smeared the Novichok on the door of Sergei Skripal's house and discarded the container, which Rowley later picked up and gave to Sturgess, who sprayed it on her wrists.

Britain 'Ready To Ask' Russia To Extradite Suspects In Skripal Poisonings