Published: Thu, August 09, 2018

Britain will demand from Russia to extradite two Russians

Britain will demand from Russia to extradite two Russians

Relations between the United Kingdom and Russian Federation are at the worst they have been since the end of the Cold War after the nerve agent attack on Sergei Skripal, a former spy, and his daughter Yulia.

Speaking to The Guardian, a Whitehall source said: "The CPS has been asked to prepare extradition requests and we understand they are ready to go".

Provided that the request was prepared after several months of careful investigation, which was able to track the movement of two Russians from the moment they enter the territory of the country and to return to Russia.

Former Russian agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were found slumped on a bench in Salisbury after exposure to novichok on March 4.

The Guardian reported that the decision to press for extradition follows a debate within the government, which was divided between those who want to ratchet up London's response to Russian Federation over the incident and those who see the request as a futile political gesture. The British special services suppose that Skripals were poisoned by his ex-colleague Andrey Lugovoy, who acted on orders from Moscow.

The Guardian newspaper, citing unnamed government and security sources, said state prosecutors had prepared the extradition request and were ready to file it to Moscow.

The UK is reportedly planning to demand that Russian Federation extradites two suspects in the Salisbury nerve agent attack.

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. One died days afterwards.

Russian officials refused to hand over the men wanted for the murder of Alexander Litvinenko with a rare radioactive isotope in 2006.

The request will inflame the current diplomatic row Russian Federation.

Later Dawn Sturgess and her boyfriend Charlie Rowley were exposed to the chemical.

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

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