The Russian oligarch, Abramovich was allegedly poisoned while attending earlier talks. But was seen standing in the background as Turkey’s president greeted delegations from Ukraine and Russia. After apparently suffering signs of chemical exposure, Chelsea Owner is believed to be ‘well’ and is still active in Russia-Ukraine peace talks. Just to be safe this time, the owner refuses to eat, drink and handshake in the evening.
The Wall Street Journal and the investigative reporting group Bellingcat both published stories earlier this month claiming that Abramovich showed signs of possible poisoning while attending peace negotiations on the Ukraine-Belarus border. He was one of several peace conference attendees who complained of ‘piercing pain in the eyes’ and peeling skin. According to reports, the Chelsea Owner became blind and sought treatment in Turkey.
The Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office described the reports as “Very Concerning”
Nobody else was afflicted by these life-threatening illnesses. Hamish De Bretton-Gordon, a chemical weapons expert, told the BBC that environmental conditions were unlikely to have had a role. It’s strange that an anonymous US official suggested environmental issues were to blame.
“Based on remote and on-site examinations, the experts concluded that the symptoms are most likely the result of international poisoning with an undefined chemical weapon’’
However, as BBC security journalist Frank Gardner points out, it’s not surprising that the US would seek to downplay claims that anyone particularly Russia used a chemical weapon in Ukraine. This may lead to retaliatory action that they are hesitant to take.
Was the Chelsea Owner Really Poisoned or Not?
According to few reports, the alleged poisoning was planned by Russian hardliners who intended to derail the discussions. Shortly after the charges surfaced, Reuters quoted an unidentified US official as saying that intelligence indicated the men’s illnesses were caused by “environmental” reasons rather than poisoning. Later, Ihor Zhovkva, a spokesman for Ukraine’s president, told the BBC that members of the Ukrainian delegation were “fine” and one had stated the news was “fake.”
In a Nutshell!
There has been no quick response from Russia, and there is no evidence that they are to blame. Someone, however, appears to have sought to issue a warning to those taking part in the peace discussions. This was not a deadly dose; rather, it was a warning sign!