Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich, who is trying to mediate between Moscow and Kiev to end the war in Ukraine, as well as two Ukrainian negotiators with symptoms indicating possible “poisoning,” reported Monday. Wall Street Magazine.
After a meeting in the Ukrainian capital in March, the billionaire and owner of English football club Chelsea and two senior members of the Ukrainian negotiating team developed symptoms, the US newspaper wrote, citing “people familiar with the situation”. Red, watery eyes, peeling face and hands: These symptoms improved afterwards and “and their lives are not in danger,” he adds.
The newspaper’s sources spoke of possible poisoning and of suspected militants in Moscow who say they want to sabotage talks aimed at ending the war in Ukraine.
However, a relative of Roman Abramovich, for his part, said he was unsure of the identity of those who were going to target the group, and identifies Wall Street Magazineclaiming that Western experts were unable to determine the cause of the symptoms.
The newspaper stresses in any case that the Russian oligarch, which is considered close to Russian President Vladimir Putin and is already targeted by EU and UK sanctions in the wake of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, has started shuttling between Moscow and Ukraine as part of mediation to end the conflict.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said on Sunday that several Russian businessmen, including Roman Abramovich, had offered to help Ukraine.
The Wall Street Magazine It was revealed last week that the Ukrainian president asked his US counterpart, Joe Biden, not to punish Roman Abramovich, arguing that he could play a role in peace negotiations between Ukraine and Russia.
And in fact, the billionaire does not appear at this point on the list of oligarchs approved by Washington, but which was extended several times and again last Thursday.