Britain to ask Russian Federation to extradite suspects in Salisbury attack

Police officers stand on duty outside Sergei Skripal's home in Salisbury Britain

Police officers stand on duty outside Sergei Skripal's home in Salisbury Britain

Britain is ready to ask Russia to extradite two men it suspects of carrying out a nerve agent attack on a Russian former spy in the English city of Salisbury, the Guardian newspaper reported on Monday, citing government and security sources.

A CPS spokeswoman told Metro it was aware of the Guardian's report but had no comment to make.

Police officers in protective suits and masks work near the scene where former double-agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia were discovered after being attacked with a nerve-agent on March 16, 2018 in Salisbury, England.

Russian Federation has angrily rejected any involvement, plunging diplomatic relations into crisis.

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

A request is being prepared by the government following months of "painstaking investigation" by police, the Guardian said. "It's nearly a rerun of the situation", The Guardian quoted a government source as saying. One died days afterwards.

The request will inflame the current diplomatic row Russian Federation.

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

After the attack on the Skripals, allies in Europe, the United States and elsewhere expressed support for Britain and concern over the incident by ordering the biggest expulsion of Russian diplomats since the height of the Cold War. Moscow has repeatedly denied any involvement and accused the British intelligence agencies of staging the attack to stoke anti-Russian hysteria.

Charlie Rowley and Dawn Sturgess were poisoned with the same substance.

Ms Sturgess died after being exposed to 10 times the amount of nerve agent the Skripals came into contact with. British police believe the Novichok attacks were carried out using perfume bottle sprays or smears placed directly on their doorknobs and other surfaces.

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