US casts doubt on claim Abramovich and Ukrainian negotiators were poisoned

Tamara Jackson
By Tamara Jackson 1 Min Read
Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich (Picture by Reuters)
Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich (Picture by Reuters)

Claims that sanctioned Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich and Ukrainian peace negotiators were victims of a poisoning earlier this month have been dismissed by a US official.

It being widely reported that Mr Abramovich and the Ukrainian peace negotiators “suffered symptoms including red eyes, constant and painful tearing and peeling skin on their hands and faces.”

A Sky News report even suggested “Abramovich lost his sight for several hours and had to be treated in Turkey.”

Most reports are saying the symptoms are “consistent with poisoning with chemical weapons” but a US official has cast doubt on this.

According to their intelligence the symptoms were environmental and “not poisoning”.

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