United Kingdom to seek extradition of assassins responsible for novichok attack

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

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

The UK government is poised to ask Russian Federation to extradite two people suspected of carrying out the nerve agent attack against Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in Salisbury.

The Russian Embassy said it had not received an official request.

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.

Britain's Press Association news agency reported last month that police had identified two Russian suspects in the Salisbury attack on former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia, but there has been no official confirmation of that report either. They were found unconscious on a public bench in Salisbury.

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

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), which has been preparing papers, has completed the process and is ready to file, the Guardian reported on Monday.

United Kingdom intelligence chiefs blamed Russian Federation for the attack, but Moscow denies all responsibility.

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.

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

Russian Federation retaliated by expelling an equal number of Western diplomats. British police believe the Novichok attacks were carried out using perfume bottle sprays or smears placed directly on their doorknobs and other surfaces.

British police believe the Novichok nerve agent used on Yulia and her former double agent father in March was the same chemical used to kill 44-year-old Dawn Sturgess and her partner Charlie Rowley in late June, about eight miles away.

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