UK preparing to ask Moscow for Novichok suspects

  • UK preparing to ask Moscow for Novichok suspects

UK preparing to ask Moscow for Novichok suspects

BRITAIN is to ask Moscow to extradite two Russians suspected of being behind the Salisbury novichok poisonings, according to reports.

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.

The Guardian report that hundreds of officers from the police and intelligence agencies have spent months investigating, and have pieced together the movements of two Russians who came into the United Kingdom and left.

And the query would worsen the diplomatic row between Britain and Russian Federation.

Provided that the request was prepared after several months of careful investigation, which was able to track the movement of two Russians from the moment they enter the territory of the country and to return to Russia. It's nearly a rerun of the situation.

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.

Since then, a British woman, Dawn Sturgess, died last month after coming across a small bottle containing Novichok near Salisbury where the Skripals were struck down. Later, Sturgess died in the hospital, the other victims were discharged after treatment. The Russian constitution prevents the extradition of Russian citizens to another state. The diplomatic dispute escalated shortly after the Skipals' poisoning, with Britain and its allies expelling more than a hundred Russian diplomats in protest.

Russian Federation retaliated by expelling Western diplomats. Police are working on the assumption that the bottle was dropped somewhere in the city, where it was later picked up by Rowley, who gave it to Sturgess.