United Kingdom to seek extradition of assassins responsible for novichok attack

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Any extradition request is likely to be rejected by Russian Federation - and risks inflaming diplomatic tensions between London and Moscow, which are the worst since the Cold War.

Relations between the United Kingdom and Russia sank to their lowest point since the end of the cold war after the nerve agent attack on Sergei Skripal, a former colonel in Russian military intelligence, and his daughter, Yulia, in Salisbury in March.

The newspaper said prosecutors had completed the extradition request and it was ready for submission.

Speaking to The Guardian, a Whitehall source said: "The CPS has been asked to prepare extradition requests and we understand they are ready to go".

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The Guardian reported that an investigation by hundreds of British police and intelligence officers pieced together the movements of the two Russians, from their entry into Britain through their departure.

Britain's interior ministry and the Crown Prosecution Service declined to comment.

Later Dawn Sturgess and her boyfriend Charlie Rowley were exposed to the chemical.

"This is Litvinenko all over again".

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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. "The police have managed to identify the people coming over and going back again", sources told The Guardian.

The UK is reportedly planning to demand that Russian Federation extradites two suspects in the Salisbury nerve agent attack. Moscow refused to extradite Russians in accordance with the Constitution. She had been in hospital for eight days. Mr Rowley recovered but Ms Sturgess died last month. Russian Federation refused to extradite the suspects even after Litvinenko died from polonium poisoning in London.

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

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