The Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) have said on Tuesday that they find it “very concerning” that Chelsea FC owner was poisoned by an “undefined chemical weapon.”
Two Ukrainian peace negotiators were also poisoned and suffered with “painful tearing and skin peeling on the face and hands with red eyes,” which included the Ukrainian MP Rustem Umerov.
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Christo Grozev told Times Radio the “most plausible” explanation for the poisoning on the peace negotiators was that this was a direct warning to Abramovich.
“The dosage was not high enough to kill any of the three, the most likely target would have been Abramovich.
“And it kind of makes sense. I mean, he volunteered to play… this role of (an) honest broker, but other oligarchs had… declared certain independence from the Kremlin position and criticise(d) the war,” the journalist said.
“So it could well be seen as a warning sign to them to not join the ranks of those who dissent, and to not be too much of an honest broker.”
nvestigative website Bellingcat wrote on Twitter, “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.
“One of victims was Russian entrepreneur Roman Abramovich.”
In a series of tweets, Bellingcat added more details, “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 10pm.
“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 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.
“An alternative less likely hypothesis was use of microwave irradiation. The symptoms gradually subsided in the course of the following week.”