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Billionaire Abramovich appeared at the Russia-Ukraine talks

Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich was seen appearing at the 5th peace talks between Ukraine and Russia in Istanbul (Turkey) today (March 29).

According to Business Insider, photos and videos posted on social media show Abramovich sitting at the back of the room where the Ukrainian and Russian delegations were holding talks, next to İbrahim Kalın, spokesman for the Turkish president. .

Earlier, Russian news agency RIA Novosti reported that Abramovich had arrived in Istanbul to meet with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan ahead of negotiations between the sides at Dolmabahce Palace.

Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich attends the talks between the Russian and Ukrainian delegations in Istanbul, Turkey today. Video: Daily Mail

The former owner of football club Chelsea has been trying to act as a mediator since Russia launched a special military operation in Ukraine. The Russian billionaire once went to Belarus to support the first round of negotiations between Russia and Ukraine at the request of Kiev, and went to Kiev to participate in informal negotiations earlier this month.

Abramovich’s representative once said that the Russian billionaire “has been and is doing what he can to support efforts to restore peace as soon as possible”.

Roman Abramovich, 55, is one of the Russian tycoons sanctioned by the British government for his ties to President Vladimir Putin. He has had his assets frozen in the UK, banned from dealing with British individuals and businesses, and banned from entering or leaving the UK.

Billionaire Abramovich appeared at the Russia-Ukraine talks
Billionaire Roman Abramovich (white hair) meets with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (centre) before talks in Istanbul today. Photo: RIA Novosti

However, the billionaire has not been sanctioned by the United States, attributed to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky’s offer to Washington for his role in the peace negotiations.

On March 28, the Wall Street Journal, citing sources familiar with the matter, reported that after a meeting in Kiev in early March, Abramovich and at least two members of the Ukrainian peace negotiating team showed symptoms suspected of being poisoned.

However, the health condition of the Russian billionaire and the negotiating members of Ukraine is now stable and not in danger of life.


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