UK to ask Russia to extradite suspects in nerve agent attack

UK 'ready to ask Russia to extradite suspects in Novichok poisoning'

The UK is set to demand Russian Federation extradites two people suspected of carrying out the Salisbury nerve agent attack, according to reports.

A Whitehall source told the Guardian: 'The CPS has been asked to prepare extradition requests and we understand they are ready to go.

While the request is nearly certain to be rejected out of hand by the Russian authorities, it is likely to reignite the bitter diplomatic row that erupted following the poisoning of the former Russian spy in March.

Citing government and security sources, the Guardian said that prosecutors had completed the extradition request for the suspects and it was ready to be submitted.

Any extradition request put to Russian Federation is likely to be rebuffed, and The Guardian said there had been intense debate within the British government about whether to bother trying. Russian Federation refused to extradite the suspects even after Litvinenko died from polonium poisoning in London.

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"This is Litvinenko all over again". Later, Sturgess died in the hospital, the other victims were discharged after treatment.

After the attack on the Skripals, allies in Europe, the United States and elsewhere expressed support for Britain and concern over the incident by ordering the biggest expulsion of Russian diplomats since the height of the Cold War.

Russian Federation retaliated by expelling Western diplomats. Moscow has repeatedly denied any involvement and accused British intelligence agencies of staging the attack to stoke anti-Russian hysteria.

Mother of three, Dawn Sturgess, aged 44, died last month after coming into contact with the perfume bottle containing novichok thought to have been discarded by the Skripals' attackers. Her partner, Charlie Rowley, was also stricken.

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