Ministers are preparing to submit an extradition request to Moscow for two suspects responsible for the Salisbury nerve agent attack, as the Government vowed to exert "international pressure" to force Russian Federation to "do the right thing".
A Whitehall source told the Guardian: 'The CPS has been asked to prepare extradition requests and we understand they are ready to go.
Russians Sergei Skripal, a former double agent, and his daughter Yulia, were attacked with Novichok nerve agent in March.
The UK is reportedly planning to demand that Russian Federation extradites two suspects in the Salisbury nerve agent attack.
Diplomatic relations deteriorated in the wake of the Skripal case and could take a further downward turn if Russian Federation refuses to extradite the two people in question, a step it is unlikely to take.
The newspaper, citing unnamed government and security sources, said on August 6 that United Kingdom prosecutors had completed an extradition request and it is ready for submission.
A request is being prepared by the government following months of "painstaking investigation" by police, the Guardian said. It's nearly a rerun of the situation.
Recall that Sergei Skripal and his daughter Julia were found unconscious in Salisbury on March 4. Russian Federation refused to extradite the suspects even after Litvinenko died from polonium poisoning in London.
The government has been consistent in pointing the finger of blame at Moscow for the poisoning using Novichok - a military-grade nerve agent developed by the former Soviet Union. The Russian constitution prevents the extradition of Russian citizens to another state.
Following this, Charlie Rowley and Dawn Strugess were treated for exposure to the nerve agent. Rowley recovered but Sturgess died. Later, Sturgess died in the hospital, the other victims were discharged after treatment.
Russian officials refused to hand over suspects who Britain claimed were responsible for the murder of Aleksandr Litvinenko with a rare radioactive isotope in 2006.