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U.K. to ask Russia to extradite nerve agent attack suspects

09 August 2018

The British government has prepared a request for the extradition of two Russians as part of the case on poisoning of former GRU colonel Sergei Skripal, his daughter Julia, as well as Britain nationals Charlie Rowley and Dawn Sturgess, the Guardian reports this citing its sources.

The British investigation earlier reported that two of the alleged poisoner had to flee to Russian Federation.

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

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An investigation by hundreds of British police and intelligence officers have pieced together the movements of the two Russians, from their entry into Britain through to their departure, the Guardian reported.

The pair were poisoned by Novichok, a military-grade nerve agent developed by the Soviet Union during the Cold War, in the southwestern English city of Salisbury.

But foreign policy experts in Britain say Russian Federation will nearly certainly reject the request.

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The Home Office said that as a matter of long-standing policy and practice, the United Kingdom would neither confirm nor deny an extradition request had been made or received until such time as an arrest has been made in relation to that request.

"This is Litvinenko all over again. The police have managed to identify the people coming over and going back again", sources told The Guardian.

They were both found unconscious on a bench in a shopping centre after being exposed to novichok - they were initially thought to have been intoxicated. The Russian constitution prevents the extradition of Russian citizens to another state. She died eight days later, but he has since been released from the hospital.

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The request will inflame the current diplomatic row Russian Federation. Mr Rowley recovered but Ms Sturgess died last month. British police believe the Novichok attacks were carried out using perfume bottle sprays or smears placed directly on their doorknobs and other surfaces.

U.K. to ask Russia to extradite nerve agent attack suspects