Salisbury spy: Claim that UK will seek extradition of two Russian suspects

Salisbury Spy Investigation Maltings Bench being removed March 2018

Published by The Spire FM News Team at 9:07pm 6th August 2018. (Updated at 11:31am 7th August 2018)

It's understood that attempt is not as advanced as previously claimed though.

Last night the Guardian newspaper said the government will make the bid to Moscow.

Sky sources have confirmed the central premise of the story is correct - but say proceedings are not as advanced as the reports suggest.

Russia's embassy in London says they have not yet received any extradition requests over allegations any of its citizens were involved in the novichok poisonings.

Last month, reports emerged suggesting police had two names it had linked with the attack on Sergei and Yulia Skripal in March - but these were dismissed as "speculation".

Police are working on the theory that the exposure to the nerve agent happened at the former Russian spy's home in Christie Miller Road in the city.

Salisbury spy poisoning Sergei Skripal house Christie Miller Road Closed
Sergei Skripal's house remains a crime scene five months on

They were found in a serious condition on a bench in The Maltings.

Then in June, Dawn Sturgess and her partner Charlie Rowley fell ill after they came into contact with the substance, which is thought to have been found in a sealed perfume bottle.

They were exposed to novichok at Charlie's house in Muggleton Road in Amesbury.

Dawn Sturgess and Charlie/Charles Rowley Amesbury Incident (Facebook)
Dawn Sturgess and Charlie Rowley: the couple were also exposed to novichok in South Wiltshire

Dawn died 8 days after being exposed to 10 times the amount of nerve agent the Skripals came into contact with, while Charlie survived.

Theresa May with Wilts Police Chief Kier Pritchard and John Glen MP in Salisbury visiting scene of Russian spy poisoning

Prime Minister Theresa May visited Salisbury in the aftermath of the Salisbury poisoning, in a show of support for the city

Throughout the incidents, the Government has continued to make clear it believes the Russian state was behind the attack on the Skripals.

Vladimir Putin and other senior Russian politicians have continued to deny any involvement in the poisonings.

The row has led to some diplomatic expulsions by the UK, its allies and Russia.

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