Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich underwent symptoms of suspected poisoning during peace negotiations on the Ukraine-Belarus border earlier this month, an international news outlet reported.
BBC said that the Chelsea Football Club owner allegedly suffered sore eyes and peeling skin. Two peace negotiators from Ukraine were also reported to have been affected by the suspected poisoning.
According to international news outlet Wall Street Journal, Russian hardliners, who planned on derailing the talks, were behind the alleged poisoning.
Soon after the allegations circulated, a US official was quoted by Reuters news agency as saying that intelligence indicated that environmental factors were responsible for the men’s symptoms and not poisoning.
Conditions of Abramovich and the Ukrainian negotiators have improved since the incident that took place on March 3, the Wall Street Journal reported. Sources said that Abramovich had recovered and was carrying on with negotiations to find an end to the war in Ukraine.
The BBC reported that the Russian billionaire was spotted at peace talks between Russia and Ukraine in Turkey. He was seen in conversation with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who is mediating the negotiations in Istanbul.