Russian oligarch Abramovich seen at Ukrainian peace talks in Turkey after poisoning allegations

Billionaire Roman Abramovich was seen attending peace talks between Russia and Ukraine in Turkey despite reports he was showing symptoms indicating possible poisoning after a meeting in Kyiv earlier this month.

Abramovich, the owner of Chelsea Football Club who was sanctioned by the UK for Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine, was seen in attendance at talks and videos of the meeting show him in conversation with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Reuters reported.

His presence was also confirmed by three sources, according to Reuters.

However, the oligarch would not be part of the official team negotiating the peace agreement. Ukraine’s ambassador to Britain, Vadym Prystaiko, told the BBC: “I have no idea what Mr Abramovich is claiming or doing. He is not part of the negotiating team.”

The Kremlin has previously said Abramovich played a role in early talks between Russia and Ukraine, but negotiations are now taking place between the two countries.

Abramovich and two high-ranking Ukrainian negotiators, including Crimean Tatar lawmaker Rustem Umerov, showed symptoms earlier this month, including red eyes, constant and painful tearing and peeling skin on his face and shoulders. hands, reported the Wall Street Journal.

The alleged poisoning was blamed on Russians opposed to a peace deal with Ukraine. However, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov called the poisoning reports false and part of an “information war”.

A number of Kremlin opposition leaders have been poisoned in recent years, including Alexei Navalny.

The BBC added that Abramovich has now recovered and is continuing negotiations to try to end the war in Ukraine.

Negotiations between the two sides are taking place in Turkey more than a month after the start of the war that has claimed thousands of lives on both sides, reduced Ukrainian cities to rubble and led to harsh sanctions against Moscow from the West. .

Sharon P. Juarez