According to the Wall Street Journal, Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich, former Chelsea chairman, and two Ukrainian peace negotiators suffered symptoms of suspected poisoning after one of the first meetings between Moscow and Kiev delegates at the Ukrainian-Belarusian border on 3 and 4th March.
According to the Wall Street Journal, the three have overcome the problems and are no longer in danger of life. According to the Times, he also lost his sight for a few hours and had to seek treatment in Turkey. For investigative journalism site Bellingcat, symptoms are consistent with chemical weapon poisoning.
According to some hypotheses, the poisoning was planned by Moscow circles who wanted to boycott the negotiations and put an end to the conflict. According to Bellingcat's reconstruction, the three exhibited symptoms after consuming only chocolate and water in the hours prior to the onset of symptoms: "Symptoms are consistent with variants of porphyrin, organophosphates, or bicyclic substances.
Dosage and type of poisonous substance were probably insufficient to cause life-threatening damage and most likely were intended to scare victims rather than cause permanent damage. " The Wall Street Journal also writes that the Kremlin did not respond to a request for comment.
Abramovich himself met with Russian President Putin in Moscow on Wednesday. According to the Times, the former Chelsea president handed a note from Zelensky containing Kiev's conditions for a peace agreement to Putin, who replied: "Tell him I'll wipe them out."
Roman Abramovic leaves Chelsea
Abramovich has announced his decision to leave the management of Chelsea, English Premier League clubs of the homonymous London borough, holder of the UEFA Champions League and the FIFA Club World Cup.
The decision stems from the political instability generated by the invasion of Vladimir Putin, president of Russia, in Ukraine and the possible consequences on Russian properties in Europe. British Labor MP Chris Bryant called for severe penalties to be imposed on the patron of the Blues as well.
In a note, Abramovic said: "During my nearly 20 years of ownership of Chelsea FC, I have always considered my role as the club's keeper, whose job is to ensure the greatest success we can have today, as well as build for the future.
and at the same time play a positive role in our communities. I have always made decisions with the interest of the Club at heart. I remain true to these values. That is why today I am entrusting the Chelsea Charitable Foundation trustees with the management and care of Chelsea FC.
I believe they are currently in the best position to look after the interests of the club, the players, the staff and the fans. "