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

The Government is poised to submit an extradition request to Russia More

The UK intends to file a request for extradition of two Russians suspected of assault on Sergei Skripal and his daughter with Novichok nerve agent to Moscow, as The Guardian reports referring to the sources.

Britain's domestic Press Association news agency reported last month that police had identified two Russian suspects in the Salisbury attack, but there has been no official confirmation of this.

But it says that an extradition request is expected to be rejected by Russian Federation.

It is also expected to reignite a diplomatic row with Russian Federation, the Guardian reported.

Russians Sergei Skripal, a former double agent, and his daughter Yulia, were attacked with Novichok nerve agent in March. The UK said they were poisoned by a Soviet-designed nerve agent and blamed Moscow for the attack, but was unable to produce any proof to support its allegation.

They believe the bottle was then dropped somewhere in the city, where Charlie Rowley picked it up and gave it to his partner Dawn Sturgess, who died after apparently spritzing it on her wrist.

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Now, Russia has called reports of extradition requests bogus.

However, the sources of The Times in the area of security confirmed that investigators are working to prepare the request for extradition. It's nearly a rerun of the situation.

The Russian constitution forbids the extradition of Russian citizens to another state.

In 2007, Putin rejected a similar extradition request for two Russians tied to the high-profile 2006 assassination of former FSB officer Alexander Litvinenko.

While the request is nearly certain to be rejected out of hand by the Russian authorities, it will likely reignite the bitter diplomatic row which erupted following the poisoning of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia, in March. Rowley recovered but Sturgess died.

The Skripals were hospitalized for months in critical condition, but after what they described as a painful period of recovery, both were released.

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