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Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has traveled to Turkey to participate in peace talks following his suspected chemical poisoning. Abramovich and a number of Ukrainian peace negotiators were victims of the poisoning although a US official has raised doubts. Abramovich had traveled to Turkey to hold talks with a delegation that included President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

“Bellingcat can confirm that three members of the delegation attending the peace talks between Ukraine and Russia on the night of 3 to 4 March 2022 experienced symptoms consistent with poisoning with chemical weapons,” Bellingcat said in a statement about Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich. “Abramovich, along with another Russian entrepreneur, had taken part in the negotiations alongside Ukraine’s MP Rustem Umerov. The negotiation round on the afternoon of 3 March took place on Ukrainian territory, and lasted until about 10 pm.”

“Three members of the negotiating team retreated to an apartment in Kyiv later that night and felt initial symptoms – including eye and skin inflammation and piercing pain in the eyes – later that night. The symptoms did not abate until the morning,” the statement added. “The next day the group of negotiators drove from Kyiv to Lviv on the way to Poland and then Istanbul, to continue informal negotiations with the Russian side. A Bellingcat investigator was asked to help provide an examination by chemical weapons specialists. 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.”

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