UK says it will nab poisoning suspects if they leave Russia

UK says it will nab poisoning suspects if they leave Russia

UK says it will nab poisoning suspects if they leave Russia

The 66-year-old former Russian double agent and his daughter Yulia, 33, were found unconscious on a shopping centre bench in the southern English town of Salisbury on March 4.

Britain charged two Russians in absentia on Wednesday with the attempted murder of a former Russian spy and his daughter, and said the suspects were military intelligence officers nearly certainly acting on orders from high up in the Russian state.

Prime Minister Theresa May was adamant that this attack was not carried out by "rogue" GRU operatives.

Russian Federation has been denying any involvement in the case.

They said they would not formally demand their extradition, as Russian Federation does not extradite its citizens, but have obtained a European Arrest Warrant for the pair.

In response to the incident, London in March expelled 23 Russian diplomats believed to be intelligence agents.

Sergei and Yulia Skripal are under the British government's protection.

Basu said traces of Novichok contamination were found in the London hotel room where the two men had stayed.

The US ambassador to London, Woody Johnson, and the Australian government have offered their support for Britain's stance against Russian Federation. As one of the five permanent members of the Security Council, Russia will be present at Thursday's meeting.

Speaking at an emotional news conference in Russia, Victoria Skripal said she was in touch with Skripal's daughter Yulia, but that the family had not heard from him for more than half a year.

While police said they were certain the two incidents were firmly linked, that investigation is almost four months behind the one into the Skripals.

But prosecutors said they would not formally seek their extradition, as Russian Federation has made clear in previous cases that it did not extradite its nationals.

Prosecutor Sue Hemming said Wednesday that the not asking Moscow to extradite the men because Russian law forbids extradition of the country's citizens.

In an interview with the BBC broadcast on September 9, Javid acknowledged that in Russian Federation the men were beyond the reach of British law.

The pair flew from Moscow to London Gatwick Airport on Mar 2 on Aeroflot flight SU2588, arriving at 3:00pm.

Basu added that photos of the men were being made public in the hope that a member of the public will recognise them.

The men stayed at a hotel in London and travelled from Waterloo train station before being captured again on CCTV at Salisbury on March 4, the day the Skripals were attacked on March 4. The suspects flew back to Moscow later that evening.

Ben Wallace told the BBC that Putin and his government "controls, funds and directs" the military intelligence unit known as the GRU, which Britain believes used the Soviet-developed Novichok nerve agent to try to kill ex-Russian spy Skripal.

"We also note the UK's analysis, independently verified by the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), that the exact same chemical nerve agent was used in the poisoning of Dawn Sturgess and Charles Rowley as was used in the poisoning of the Skripals".

Probably, the Violinist could be recruited by the Spanish secret services in the mid-1990s, when he worked in Madrid under cover as military attache at the Russian Embassy. This resulted in a chain of global events: his arrest in Russian Federation in 2004, the release of the spy swap with the United States in 2010, and his relocation to England in the same year.

Police officer Nick Bailey, who was among the first to respond to the incident, also received treatment after being poisoned.

Mr Skripal and his daughter are recovering but a woman, Dawn Sturgess, died after being exposed to the contaminated perfume bottle apparently discarded by the would-be assassins in a Salisbury park after the alleged attack.

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