- Abramovich gave Putin a note from Zelensky explaining how the war might end, The Times of London reported.
- But the report said Putin responded to the handwritten letter by saying: “Tell him I will beat them.”
- Abramovich was participating in peace talks. Those talks have made little progress so far.
Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich handed Russian President Vladimir Putin a handwritten note from Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky asking for peace, but Putin refused it, The Times of London reported.
The newspaper reported that Abramovich met with Putin in Moscow earlier this month, where he received a note from Zelensky to hand it to Putin. Abramovich participated in the peace talks, and Zelensky said that Abramovich He was trying to help.
According to the report, the memo outlined the terms that Zelensky would accept to end the war, which began when Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24.
But Putin was not convinced, saying: “Tell him I will beat them,” the newspaper reported.
On Monday, the Wall Street Journal reported that Abramovich and Ukrainian peace negotiators had symptoms consistent with a poisoning attack earlier in March.
Investigative news outlet Bellingcat next mentioned It can “confirm that three members of the delegation who attended the peace talks between Ukraine and Russia on the night of 3 to 4 March 2022 suffered from symptoms consistent with chemical weapons poisoning.”
It was Abramovich Seen in Istanbul, TurkeyIn the latest round of peace talks on Tuesday.
Representatives of the two countries met several times since the beginning of the war, but they made little progress.
Zelensky said on Sunday that Russian businessmen are offering help to Ukraine because they are eager to avoid Western sanctions over the invasion.
The Wall Street Journal previously reported that Zelensky asked the United States not to sanction Abramovich because he might be helpful to peace talks, and then the U.S. Treasury Department halted plans to do so.
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