UK Prepares Kremlin Extradition Request for Two Russian Suspects in Novichok Poisonings

UK Prepares Kremlin Extradition Request for Two Russian Suspects in Novichok Poisonings

UK Prepares Kremlin Extradition Request for Two Russian Suspects in Novichok Poisonings

The UK is expected to ask Moscow to extradite two Russian nationals suspected of killing one person and critically injuring three others by poisoning them with a nerve agent, Britain's Guardian paper has reported.

"They joined the movement and actions of two Russians, from their arrival in Britain before the departure", - the newspaper notes.

Diplomatic relations deteriorated in the wake of the Skripal case and could take a further downward turn if Russian Federation refuses to extradite the two people in question, a step it is unlikely to take.

As it was reported earlier, ex-colonel of Russia's GRU, Chief Intelligence Department, Sergey Skripal and his daughter Yulia, poisoned in the center of Salisbury town in the evening of March 4, are still struggling for life in the intensive care unit of the local hospital.

After the Skripal attack, a British woman, Dawn Sturgess, died last month after her partner found a small perfume bottle containing Novichok near Salisbury and unknowingly gave it to her as a gift.

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The Guardian newspaper, citing unnamed government and security sources, said state prosecutors had prepared the extradition request and were ready to submit it to Moscow. The Russian embassy in Britain said it had not received an official request from London. "It's nearly a rerun of the situation", The Guardian quoted a government source as saying. Russian Federation refused to extradite the suspects even after Litvinenko died from polonium poisoning in London. "The police have managed to identify the people coming over and going back again", sources told The Guardian.

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

In 2007, President Vladimir Putin rejected an extradition request for two Russians suspected of the assassination of the former FSB officer Alexander Litvinenko in London using radioactive polonium.

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

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