August 12, 2022

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Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich suffers alleged ‘poisoning’ during Ukraine peace talks

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Roman Abramovich has reportedly been suffering from symptoms of suspected poisoning, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Reports suggest that the Russian oligarch and several peace negotiators involved in talks between Russia and Ukraine on March 3 and 4 have suffered from symptoms of suspected poisoning following a meeting in Kyiv last month.

Abramovich, whose role in the peace talks was reportedly approved by Vladimir Putin, was the subject of sanctions after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, which resulted in further scrutiny towards his links to Putin.

He is understood to have suffered a suspected poisoning, the WSJ has said, while Ukrainian peace negotiators are also believed to be suffering symptoms.

A source who is aware of the situation told the WSJ that Abramovich, alongside at least two of the Ukrainian negotiators developed symptoms such as “red eyes, constant and painful tearing and peeling skin on their faces and hands.

“They blamed the suspected attack on hardliners in Moscow, who they said wanted to sabotage talks to end the war.”

Abramovich is currently in the process of waiting to sell Chelsea following UK sanctions imposed on him as a result of the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

A shortlist has been devised with a preferred buyer set to be announced in the coming weeks to allow Chelsea to fall under new ownership.

Abramovich himself has also recently been linked with remaining in football and is reportedly interested in buying Turkish side Goztepe, who sit near the bottom of the Turkish Super Lig.

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