Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich and Ukrainian negotiators suffered from possible ‘poisoning’, says ‘Wall Street Journal’

The Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich, who is trying to mediate between Moscow and Kiev to end the war in Ukraine, and two Ukrainian negotiators have suffered symptoms that suggest a possible “poisoning”reported Monday, March 28 on Wall Street Journal.

Following a meeting in the Ukrainian capital in March, the billionaire owner of the English football club Chelsea and at least two senior officials of the Ukrainian negotiating team “has developed symptoms” – red and watery eyes, peeling face and hands – writes the American newspaper and quotes “persons aware of this situation”. Their symptoms then got better “and their lives are not in danger”he adds.

Dagbladet’s sources have talked about possible poisoning and suspected hardliners in Moscow, who they say want to sabotage negotiations with the aim of ending the war in Ukraine.

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“Symptoms in accordance with chemical weapon poisoning”

However, a relative of Roman Abramovich said for his part that he was not sure of the identity of those who would have targeted the group, specifying Wall Street Journaland also pointed out that Western experts could not determine the cause of the symptoms.

In any case, the newspaper confirms that the Russian oligarch, who is considered close to the Russian president, Vladimir Putin, and was already the target of sanctions from the EU and Britain in the wake of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, began to commute between Moscow and Ukraine as part of a mediation to end the conflict.

“Unfortunately, what Wall Street Journal took place, and [M. Abramovitch] is fine. He continues to be active in the negotiations “confirmed to AFP a source familiar with the case in London.

“A lot of speculation”

This is confirmed by the Bellingcat survey site “Three members of the delegation participating in the peace talks between Ukraine and Russia on the night between March 3 and 4, 2022, presented symptoms in accordance with chemical weapons poisoning. One of the victims was the Russian entrepreneur Roman Abramovich.”

According to the study site, “the three men had only consumed chocolate and water in the hours before the onset of symptoms”. Bellingcat also made it known on Twitter “Experts reported that the dose and type of poison used were probably insufficient to endanger lives and were probably used to intimidate the victims.”.

“There is a lot of speculation about the news in the media today. We only recommend following official information “for its part, confirmed Ukrainian Presidential Adviser Mykhailo Podolyak, who confirmed that the negotiations “as usual”.

No sanctions against Roman Abramovich

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said on Sunday that several Russian businessmen, including Roman Abramovich, had offered to help Ukraine.

that Wall Street Journal revealed last week that the Ukrainian president had asked his US counterpart, Joe Biden, not to sanction Roman Abramovich, arguing that he could play a role in the peace talks between Ukraine and Russia.

And in fact, the billionaire does not currently appear on the list of oligarchs sanctioned by Washington, which has nevertheless been extended several times and again last Thursday.

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