Britain ‘poised to ask Russia to extradite Salisbury attack suspects’

Britain is poised to ask Russia to extradite two men it suspects of carrying out the Salisbury nerve agent attack, it has been reported.

Prosecutors have completed the extradition request and it is ready for submission, according to the Guardian.

The request is almost certain to be rejected by Russia – and risks reigniting diplomatic tensions between the Kremlin and the UK.

Ex-spy Sergei, 67, and daughter Yulia Skripal, 33, fell critically ill on March 3 after they touched Novichok that had been smeared on their front door handle.

Both managed to survive. Sergei has not been seen in public since the assassination attempt – which Russia has strenuously denied any involvement in.

Dawn Sturgess, 44, died on July 8 after she was given a sealed box containing a Novichok-filled perfume bottle.

Boyfriend Charlie Rowley, 45, found it in the park on June 29 and gave it to her as a gift.

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