Roman Abramovich’s $600m yacht leaves UK port in Turkey

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the Solaris The superyacht linked to sanctioned Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich has been moved from the Turkish port of Bodrum on the Aegean coast to another nearby.

Marine Traffic, a ship tracking website, showed the 140 meter Solaris was anchored near Yalikavak after traveling about 50 kilometers around the Bodrum Peninsula.

the Solaris is one of two ships linked to Abramovich that are together worth around $1.2 billion and have docked in southwestern Turkey in recent weeks.

On Monday, Global Ports Holding, the London-listed Bodrum operator, said the decision to allow ships to dock was the responsibility of Turkish authorities.

Abramovich, the owner of Chelsea FC, is one of the most high-profile Russians to face international sanctions and confiscation of assets over alleged links to President Vladimir Putin, including the decision to send troops in Ukraine has resulted in weeks of fighting.

In the UK, people have wondered why the Solaris was cleared to dock and then cleared to sail from a port owned by a London-listed company.

Global Ports said it had not received “any service fees or other payments relating to the superyacht docking at Bodrum Cruise Port”.

Mr Abramovich was an unexpected face among officials and diplomats gathered in a wing of the former imperial palace of Dolmabahce in Istanbul before the Russia-Ukraine peace talks took place there.

The Kremlin said his presence “would allow some contacts”, while Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said Abramovich was sincerely working to end the war.

Although his official capacity for the peace talks is vague, he is among a number of people who were allegedly poisoned in a previous round of talks.

Abramovich is one of many wealthy Russians who were added to EU and UK blacklists last month following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, which began in February.

Governments seek to isolate Mr. Putin and his allies for their role in Russia’s war against Ukraine.

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said Russian oligarchs are welcome in Turkey but must respect international law if they want to do business.

Turkey, a member of the NATO military alliance, shares a maritime border with Ukraine and Russia in the Black Sea. He has a good relationship with both and has offered to mediate.

Ukrainian protesters tried to arrest Solaris mooring.

Two other yachts worth nearly $60 million moored by the Caribbean island of Antigua have been revealed to belong to Abramovich.

The ships, the Halo worth $38 million and the $20 million Boywere moored in Falmouth Harbor in Antigua and registered with a company in the British Virgin Islands.

Updated: 05 April 2022, 13:12

Sharon P. Juarez