Britain to request extradition of suspected Novichok attackers from Russian Federation

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

The UK intends to file a request for extradition of two Russians suspected of assault on Sergei Skripal and his daughter with Novichok nerve agent to Moscow, as The Guardian reports referring to the sources.

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

The request will reignite the simmering diplomatic row with Russian Federation, which is certain to reject it, prompting another round of tit-for-tat diplomatic expulsions.

The Guardian reported that the decision to press for extradition follows a debate within the government, which was divided between those who want to ratchet up London's response to Russian Federation over the incident and those who see the request as a futile political gesture.

Former Russian agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were found slumped on a bench in Salisbury after exposure to novichok on March 4. The UK said they were poisoned by a Soviet-designed nerve agent and blamed Moscow for the attack, but was unable to produce any proof to support its allegation. In 2007, it dismissed a British request to extradite two men accused of assassinating former intelligence agent Alexander Litvinenko with polonium in London in 2006.

British civil service and security sources told the newspaper that the government had finished preparing the request to the Russian government.

"This is Litvinenko all over again".

The row has led to tit-for-tat diplomatic expulsions between the United Kingdom, its allies and Russian Federation. The Russian constitution prevents the extradition of Russian citizens to another state.

Her partner, Charlie Rowley, was also sickened by the poison in the bottle, but later recovered. She died eight days later, but he has since been released from hospital.

Police think the novichok was sprayed or smeared on their front doorknob with a perfume bottle.

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