United Kingdom to seek Russian extraditions in Skripal case

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The British government has prepared a request for the extradition of two Russians as part of the case on poisoning of former GRU colonel Sergei Skripal, his daughter Julia, as well as Britain nationals Charlie Rowley and Dawn Sturgess, the Guardian reports this citing its sources.

The pair are believed to have made a trip to the United Kingdom to target ex-spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia who were poisoned with the nerve agent in March.

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. The diplomatic dispute escalated shortly after the Skipals' poisoning, with Britain and its allies expelling more than a hundred Russian diplomats in protest.

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.

Two Russians are said to have been identified as suspects in the attack which left one person dead and three injured.

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The Russian constitution forbids the extradition of Russian citizens to another state. She died eight days later, but he has since been released from hospital.

The UK is reportedly planning to demand that Russian Federation extradites two suspects in the Salisbury nerve agent attack.

In 2007, Putin rejected a similar extradition request for two Russians tied to the high-profile 2006 assassination of former FSB officer Alexander Litvinenko.

The Guardian quoted a Whitehall source as saying: "The CPS has been asked to prepare extradition requests and we understand they are ready to go". Moscow has repeatedly denied any involvement and accused the British intelligence agencies of staging the attack to stoke anti-Russian hysteria.

Rowley said he had found a perfume bottle which he gave to Sturgess, which she sprayed on her wrists.

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