Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich and members of Ukrainian negotiations team suffered from symptoms of She was suspected of poisoning earlier this month after a meeting in Kyiv reported the Wall Street Journal and investigative outlet Bellingcat on Monday citing people familiar with Subject.
Abramovich, who I accepted a Ukrainian application for help Negotiating an End to Russia invasion of Ukraine and at least two senior Individuals of The Wall Street Journal report said the Ukrainian delegation was affected.
Recently a billionaire businessman was slapped with Sanctions by Western countries that seek to pressure Russian President Vladimir Putin over The invasion.
after meeting in The Ukrainian capital, Abramovich and at least two senior Ukrainian negotiators developed Symptoms include red eyesPainfully, watery eyes and peeling skin on they face The sources said, according to the American newspaper.
has not been clear exactly who The apparent attack may have been carried out, but the targets blamed the militants in The newspaper said that Moscow is seeking to disrupt the ongoing talks to end the war.
Abramovich and Ukrainian negotiators, including Crimean Tatar MP Omerov, have since improved And their lives are not like that in dangerThe people He said.
familiar person with He confirmed the incident to Reuters, but said Abramovich did not allow her to stop him from working.
Bellingcat experts said who He examined the accident and concluded: “Poisoning with An unspecified chemical weapon ‘was the most likely cause.
Quoting experts, Bellingcat said dosage and type of The poison used was not enough to be life threatening,” most likely it was intended scare Victims vs. cause permanent damage. Victims said they were unaware of who Maybe she had an interest in a attack. “
“It wasn’t intended to killIt was just a warningChristo Grosev, detective with Open Source Bellingcat Collective, said in The magazine after studying the accident.
Grosev, who It was decided after an investigation that Kremlin agents poisoned the leader of the Russian opposition, Alexei Navalny with nerve agent in 2020, see the pictures of Archaeology of The apparent Abramovich attackbut no samples were collected in time for Forensic experts for poison detection, the newspaper reported.
Ukrainian officials poured cold water on the report. Asked about the suspected poisoning, Ukrainian negotiator Mikhailo Podolyak said, “There are a lot of speculation various Conspiracy theories.” Rustam Amirov, another member of negotiation teamurge people Don’t trust ‘unverified’ information. “
United State official He said on Monday that intelligence refers to disgusting of Abramovich and the Ukrainian peace negotiators were due to an environmental factor, not poisoning.
“Intelligence strongly suggests that this was environmental,” US official He told Reuters, adding: “For example, do not be poisoned.”
The official who wire on condition of Anonymity declined for clarification.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said on Sunday that his government Offers have been received of support From Russian businessmen, including Abramovich, who He owns Chelsea Football Club and is seeking to sell it, and has long-standing ties to Putin.
Zelensky told reporters that business people said so wanted to do something andhelp somehow ‘to calm Russian tension military assaults on Ukraine that has left in thousands dead.
Zelensky did not mention a suspected case of poisoning, and according to the newspaper, the presidential spokesperson did not mention information about like this attack.
western countries Including the United States and the European Union imposed unprecedented sanctions against Russia over it’s a invasion of Ukraine, including placing the oligarchy and other individuals close to Putin on Sanctions lists.
The Wall Street Journal reported last week that Zelensky asked US President Joe Biden to keep off on Punishing Abramovich, arguing that the Russian billionaire can play a role in negotiating a peace agreement with Moscow.
The Kremlin said Abramovich played early role in Peace talks between Russia and Ukraine, but the process is underway in the hands of Negotiation between the two sides teams. The two sides are scheduled to meet in Istanbul on Tuesday for The first face-to-face Peace talks in more Two weeks ago.
Russian forces invaded Ukraine on February 24 in what Putin callsspecial military Operation “Disarmament of Ukraine. Ukraine and the West say Putin launched war without provocation of aggression.