United Kingdom to seek extradition of Russians in Skripal case: Guardian

Dawn Sturgess and Charlie Rowley were both treated for Novichok poisoning and Ms Sturgess later died More

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.

Ministers are preparing to submit an extradition request to Moscow for two suspects responsible for the Salisbury nerve agent attack, as the Government vowed to exert "international pressure" to force Russian Federation to "do the right thing".

Two Russians are said to have been identified as suspects in the attack which left one person dead and three injured.

Theresa May has been consistent in pointing the finger of blame at Moscow for the poisoning of the Skripals using Novichok, a military-grade nerve agent developed by the former Soviet Union.

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.

Britain's Home Office and Crown Prosecution Service declined to comment on the report.

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Other newspapers, including the Guardian and the Daily Telegraph also reported on the extradition moves.

"This is Litvinenko all over again".

Russian officials refused to hand over suspects in the murder case of Alexander Litvinenko. Rowley recovered but Sturgess died.

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. The Kremlin has repeatedly denied any involvement in the poisonings, but United Kingdom intelligence chiefs have continued to accuse the Russian government and Russian President Vladimir Putin himself of signing off on the attacks. She died eight days later, but he has since been released from hospital.

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

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