BRITAIN is to ask Moscow to extradite two Russians suspected of being behind the Salisbury novichok poisonings, according to reports.

A request is being prepared by the government following months of ‘painstaking investigation’ by police, the Guardian said.

Whitehall sources told the paper that authorities had identified two people they were ready to put on trial.

The pair are believed to have made a trip to the UK to target ex-spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia who were poisoned with the nerve agent in March. Later Dawn Sturgess and her boyfriend Charlie Rowley were exposed to the chemical. Mr Rowley recovered but Ms Sturgess died last month.

The move comes after officers pieced together the movements of the two Russians from their entry into the UK through to their departure.

The Crown Prosecution Service prepared the extradition request and is ready to file, according to the Guardian. A Whitehall source told the newspaper: ‘We understand [the CPS] are ready to go… The police have managed to identify the people coming over and going back again.’

Britain has accused Russian president Vladimir Putin of personally ordering the attack on the Skripals, a claim denied by Moscow.

A CPS spokeswoman told Metro it was aware of the Guardian’s report but had no comment to make.

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