The Kremlin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Thursday that businessman Roman Abramovich was involved in arranging talks to reach a ceasefire between Russia and Ukraine.
“Yes, he participated in the initial phase,” the spokesman for the Russian Presidency, a spokesman for the Organization of the Russian Federation, stressed, and now talks are being held only between two delegates.
Earlier this month, US Treasury officials issued a series of sanctions against the Russian oligarchy following the Kremlin’s military offensive against Ukraine on February 24, according to The Wall Street Journal.
However, at the request of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zhelensky, the White House National Security Council lifted the ban, and his US President Joe Biden recommended that Abramovich not use immediate punitive measures because he could serve as a mediator with Russia in the negotiation process. According to The Wall Street Journal.
In many countries – including Portugal, there were political movements of anger that Abramovich received naturalization, and because of his alleged Sebardian Jewish descent – the oligarchy was not included in all the hit lists of sanctions against Moscow.
Although Abramovich is not on the list of Russian oligarchs allowed in the United States, the UK government and the European Union (EU) have approved his “decade-long close relationship” with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
As a result of these sanctions, Abramovich’s assets were frozen and he was barred from entering the UK and the EU, with the Russian billionaire announcing the sale of English football club Chelsea.
On February 24, Russia launched a military offensive in Ukraine that killed at least 977 people, including 81 children, wounded 1,594 civilians, including 108 minors, and displaced another 10 million, including 3.60 million people. Neighboring countries, the latest UN.
According to the United Nations, about 13 million people in Ukraine are in need of humanitarian assistance.
The Russian invasion was generally condemned by the international community, which responded by sending arms to Ukraine and strengthening economic and political sanctions on Moscow.
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