United Kingdom 'ready to ask Russian Federation to extradite suspects in Novichok poisoning'


Britain is preparing to submit an extradition request to Moscow for two Russians suspected of being behind the nerve agent attacks in Salisbury, Sky News understands.

As it was reported earlier, ex-colonel of Russia's GRU, Chief Intelligence Department, Sergey Skripal and his daughter Yulia, poisoned in the center of Salisbury town in the evening of March 4, are still struggling for life in the intensive care unit of the local hospital.

We will remind, the British police were able to establish two suspects in the poisoning of former spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Julia.

British officials blamed Russian Federation for the attack, but the Kremlin denied any involvement.

Russian Federation has previously rejected similar extradition requests.

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

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Now, Russia has called reports of extradition requests bogus.

Russian officials refused to hand over suspects who Britain claimed were responsible for the murder of Aleksandr Litvinenko with a rare radioactive isotope in 2006. "It's nearly a rerun of the situation", The Guardian quoted a government source as saying. They were found unconscious on a bench in a shopping centre after being exposed to novichok. Russian Federation refused to extradite the suspects even after Litvinenko died from polonium poisoning in London.

After the attack on the Skripals, allies in Europe and the United States sided with Britain's view of the attack and ordered the biggest expulsion of Russian diplomats since the height of the Cold War. Moscow has repeatedly denied any involvement and accused British intelligence agencies of staging the attack to stoke anti-Russian hysteria.

Dawn Sturgess subsequently died from Novichok near Salisbury. Rowley recovered but Sturgess died.

Rowley said he had found a perfume bottle which he gave to Sturgess, which she sprayed on her wrists.