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Britain will demand from Russia to extradite two Russians

Britain will demand from Russia to extradite two Russians

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.

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.

British officials blamed Russian Federation for the attack, but the Kremlin denied any involvement.

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It is reported by The Guardian, citing sources in the British government and the security service. Intense debates within Whitehall have split between United Kingdom officials who see the extradition request as a futile political move, while others would prefer to play hardball with the Russians. It's nearly a rerun of the situation. Moscow refused to extradite Russians in accordance with the Constitution.

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. They were found unconscious on a public bench in Salisbury. 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 an equal number of Western diplomats.

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Ms Sturgess died after being exposed to 10 times the amount of nerve agent the Skripals came into contact with. 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.

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