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PM to tell Russia Salisbury Novichok suspects must face justice

PM to tell Russia Salisbury Novichok suspects must face justice

Published by Henrietta Creasey at 6:28am 28th June 2019. (Updated at 7:09am 28th June 2019)

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Theresa May is using her swansong on the world stage to give Russia another chance to come in from the cold.

The PM and the Russian President, Vladimir Putin, are due to have their first big meeting since the poisoning of a former spy and his daughter in our city last year.

Mrs May has told Sky News that at the G20 summit she'll make it clear the UK thinks Moscow's intelligence agency was behind the nerve agent attack.

Let's be clear about the poisoning that took place on the streets of Salisbury, on the streets of the UK. This was a despicable act, it was a reckless act."

Sergei and Yulia Skripal
Victims of the March 2018 Novichok attack Sergie and Yulia Skripal

But Mrs May did not say she would be demanding that the Russian leader hands over the two military intelligence agents the UK believes carried out the attacks.

"I will be very clear that I expect these individuals to be brought to justice. Russia does not allow the extradition of its nationals."

The PM also says Russia must end its malign behaviour, its use of cyber attacks and disinformation and that she wants to give the Russian leader a clear message.

"Russia can go down a different path if it desists from this sort of activity."


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