Roman Abramovich, outgoing Chelsea owner resumes Ukraine and Russia peace talks after surviving ‘chemical poisoning’… Here is why he is involved in the talks

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The outgoing owner of Chelsea football club, Roman Abramovich has resumed his role as a member of the team trying to broker peace between his country, Russia and Ukraine.

Futballnews reported earlier in the week that Roman Abramovich was one of three negotiators that reportedly suffered symptoms of ‘chemical weapons poisoning‘ after he flew from Moscow to Kyiv for a peace talk in the first week of March.

He and other negotiators (two Ukrainians) affected by the chemical weapons poisoning reportedly exhibited symptoms like “eye and skin inflammation and piercing pain in the eyes”.

However, reports in the United States later claimed that Roman Abramovich and others did not suffer “chemical weapons poisoning” as earlier reported. The 55-year-old Russian billionaire and the Ukrainian negotiators reportedly suffered the effect of environmental pollution.

Yet, the negotiators were warned not to eat, drink and touch surfaces or objects when they are on the field trying to broker peace between the two warring countries.

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A few days after the reports that he had suffered symptoms of chemical weapons poisoning, Roman Abramovich flew to Istanbul, Turkey for two days of peace talks between Russian negotiators, Ukraine negotiators, and the President of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

A picture that emerged from the meeting showed Abramovich sitting on a chair while trying to listen to the speech of president Erdoğan via headphones.

Roman Abramovich trying to listen to the speech of Turkey's president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan via headphones.
Roman Abramovich trying to listen to the speech of Turkey’s president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan via headphones.

Recall that due to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on February 24, 2022, Abramovich has lost his assets in the United Kingdom, the United States, and other parts of Europe.

Roman Abramovich seen in Turkey on Tuesday, March 29, 2022.
Roman Abramovich seen in Turkey on Tuesday, March 29, 2022.

Due to his alleged affiliation with Russia’s President Vladimir Putin, he has agreed to sell Chelsea, his beloved Premier League club which he bought in 2003 and made a world-class club within 19 years.

Why is Roman Abramovich involved in the peace talks

Why is Roman Abramovich involved in the peace talks

Roman Abramovich is seen as one of the most famous billionaires from Russia. He is not just a Russian, the 55-year-old businessman and politician is a citizen of Israel.

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He made himself famous after becoming the owner of Chelsea and made the club extremely successful.

Unlike other members of the Russian Oligarchies, it is believed that Abramovich has always tried to distance himself from other members of the Oligarchies.

Over the years, the 55-year-old Russian billionaire has invested time and money trying to be famous outside Russia. He has been doing that by investing in businesses and buying properties outside the country.

In the same vein, the president of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelenskyy is said to have huge respect and admiration for Roman Abramovich.

The Ukrainian government believes that he is the go-to person when Ukraine needs to negotiate with Vladimir Putin of Russia.

Hence, the country named him to be among the team that has been saddled with the responsibility of settling the conflict between Ukraine and Russia.

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