The British government is planning to seek the extradition from Russia of two suspects identified as the would-be assassins who carried out the nerve agent attack in Salisbury on a former Russian agent and his daughter, British media claimed Tuesday.
United Kingdom government ministers vowed to exert "international pressure" to force Russian Federation into doing "the right thing", The Telegraph reported Monday.
Russians Sergei Skripal, a former double agent, and his daughter Yulia, were attacked with Novichok nerve agent in March.
London blamed Russian Federation of being behind the Skripal attacks in the weeks after the incident, a charge Russian Federation has categorically denied.
The Times notes that the request for extradition of Russians in the case of the poisoning is part of a plan for the resumption of pressure on the Kremlin in connection with the attack involving nerve agents "Beginner".
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", The Guardian quoted a government source as saying.
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Russian officials refused to hand over the men wanted for the murder of Alexander Litvinenko with a rare radioactive isotope in 2006.
Whitehall sources told the paper that authorities had identified two people they were ready to put on trial. The Russian Constitution forbids the extradition of Russian citizens to another state. Later, Sturgess died in the hospital, the other victims were discharged after treatment.
Russian Federation retaliated by expelling Western diplomats.
Mr Rowley recovered from the attack but Ms Sturgess, his partner, died.
Police have said they believe the two incidents are related, theorizing that perpetrators first smeared the Novichok on the door of Sergei Skripal's house and discarded the container, which Rowley later picked up and gave to Sturgess, who sprayed it on her wrists.