United Kingdom ‘to ask Russian Federation to give up poisoning suspects’

The move comes after months of investigation by police officers and intelligence agencies

The British government is preparing to ask Moscow to extradite two Russian citizens suspected of carrying out the Salisbury nerve agent attack, a media report said Monday.

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.

We will remind that not so long ago, the investigators on the case about poisoning of the former GRU officer Sergei Skripal and his daughter Julia in British Salisbury showed key witnesses a photo of a possible suspect. Russian Federation denies any involvement in the attack.

It comes after Yahoo revealed last week that the UK Government had failed to make any contact with the Russian government or its agencies since the the murder of a British woman who was poisoned on UK soil with the deadly Novichok nerve agent more than four weeks ago. 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. "They were found unconscious on a bench in a shopping centre after being exposed to novichok", the news agency reads.

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. One died days afterwards.

Sergei Skripal a former spy and his daughter Yulia were left unconscious by the attack
Sergei Skripal a former spy and his daughter Yulia were left unconscious by the attack

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.

The request will inflame the current diplomatic row Russian Federation.

Dawn Sturgess subsequently died from Novichok near Salisbury.

Her partner, Charlie Rowley, was also sickened by the poison in the bottle, but later recovered.

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



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