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Bennie Garza | 09 August, 2018, 05:25

Britain intends to request the extradition of two Russian agents believed to have been involved in the Novichok poisoning of a Russian former double agent and his daughter in England earlier this year, according to the Guardian newspaper. In 2007, it dismissed a British request to extradite two men accused of assassinating former intelligence agent Alexander Litvinenko with polonium in London in 2006.

Any extradition request put to Russian Federation is likely to be rebuffed, and The Guardian said there had been intense debate within the British government about whether to bother trying.

We will remind that not so long ago, the investigators on the case about poisoning of the former GRU officer Sergei Skripal and his daughter Julia in British Salisbury showed key witnesses a photo of a possible suspect.

They were both found unconscious on a bench in a shopping centre after being exposed to novichok - they were initially thought to have been intoxicated. The Kremlin has repeatedly denied any involvement in the poisonings, but United Kingdom intelligence chiefs have continued to accuse the Russian government and Russian President Vladimir Putin himself of signing off on the attacks.

The Crown Prosecution Service, which prepared the extradition request, has completed the process and is ready to file, the sources said.

It comes after Yahoo revealed last week that the UK Government had failed to make any contact with the Russian government or its agencies since the the murder of a British woman who was poisoned on UK soil with the deadly Novichok nerve agent more than four weeks ago. She died eight days later, but he has since been released from the hospital.

Mr Rowley, like the Skripals, recovered from the attack but Ms Sturgess, his partner, died. 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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