Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich, owner of the Chelsea football club, is taking part today in the talks being held in Istanbul between Russia and Ukraine.
As can be seen in the images broadcast by the Turkish media, Abramovich is sitting at the table next to the spokesman of the Turkish president Ibrahim Kalin, and he is wearing translation headphones. He is not at the main table of the Turkish and Ukrainian delegations.
Kalin is said to have helped coordinate meetings between the Russian oligarch and members of the Ukrainian delegation. Abramovich’s presence at the meeting proves to us that he is still involved to some extent in mediation efforts.
Reports emerged yesterday that he suffered symptoms of suspected poisoning during peace talks earlier this month on the Ukraine-Belarus border.