Britain to request extradition of suspected Novichok attackers from Russian Federation
Aug 09 2018
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".
It is also expected to reignite a diplomatic row with Russian Federation, the Guardian reported.
Former double agent Sergei Skirpal and his daughter Yulia were in intensive care for several weeks after being poisoned with the chemical substance at his home in Salisbury in March.
London blamed Russian Federation of being behind the Skripal attacks in the weeks after the incident, a charge Russian Federation has categorically denied.
It is reported by The Guardian, citing sources in the British government and the security service.
The Times reports said that an extradition application would reignite a diplomatic row with the Russian government who have denied any state involvement in the novichok attack in Salisbury. It's nearly a rerun of the situation.
In 2007, Putin rejected a similar extradition request for two Russians tied to the high-profile 2006 assassination of former FSB officer Alexander Litvinenko. Moscow refused to extradite Russians in accordance with the Constitution.
The request will inflame the current diplomatic row Russian Federation.
After the attack on the Skripals, allies in Europe and the United States sided with Britain's view of the attack and ordered the biggest expulsion of Russian diplomats since the height of the Cold War.
Russian Federation retaliated by expelling an equal number of Western diplomats. "They were found unconscious on a bench in a shopping centre after being exposed to novichok", the news agency reads.
Charlie Rowley and Dawn Sturgess were subsequently treated for exposure to the nerve agent. British police believe the Novichok attacks were carried out using perfume bottle sprays or smears placed directly on their doorknobs and other surfaces.