United Kingdom poised to ask Russian Federation to extradite Salisbury attack suspects

Cheryl Sanders
August 9, 2018

Any extradition request is likely to be rejected by Russian Federation - and risks inflaming diplomatic tensions between London and Moscow, which are the worst since the Cold War.

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

The Crown Prosecution Service prepared the extradition request and is ready to file, according to the Guardian.

The Times reports said that an extradition application would reignite a diplomatic row with the Russian government who have denied any state involvement in the novichok attack in Salisbury.

Last night Government sources pledged to do everything possible to secure a conviction for the Skripal family after Sergei and his daughter Yulia were targeted in a nerve agent attack in March which prompted deep recriminations around the world.

They have pieced together the movements of the two Russians, from their entry into the United Kingdom through to their departure, according to the Guardian. The British investigation earlier reported that two of the alleged poisoner had to flee to Russian Federation.

Whitehall sources told the paper that authorities had identified two people they were ready to put on trial. She had been in hospital for eight days.

In 2007, Putin rejected a similar extradition request for two Russians tied to the high-profile 2006 assassination of former FSB officer Alexander Litvinenko. The Russian constitution prevents the extradition of Russian citizens to another state.

Ms Sturgess died after being exposed to 10 times the amount of nerve agent the Skripals came into contact with. Russian Federation refused to extradite the suspects even after Litvinenko died from polonium poisoning in London.

Russian Federation has angrily rejected any involvement, plunging diplomatic relations into crisis.

Police think the novichok was sprayed or smeared on their front doorknob with a perfume bottle.

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