The United States considered Abramovich's mediation in the negotiations between Moscow and Kyiv ineffective and returned to discussing sanctions against him, writes Bloomberg. Earlier, the US Treasury postponed sanctions against the businessman at the request of Zelensky, noted WSJ alt=”Bloomberg learned about US plans to impose sanctions against Abramovich” />
In the United States, senior officials are again pushing for sanctions against billionaire Roman Abramovich after his recent trip to Kyiv to resume talks failed to materialize, Bloomberg reported, citing two sources.
During the latest trip In Kyiv, Abramovich did not meet with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, but instead spoke with his chief of staff, Andriy Yermak, three people who have information about the meeting told the agency.
According to Bloomberg, against this background, high-ranking officials of the White House began to insist on the imposition of sanctions, which were developed several weeks ago.
RBC sent a request to the representative of Roman Abramovich.
< p>In mid-April, the American magazine Fortune, citing informed sources, wrote that Abramovich visited Kyiv to discuss the possibility of resuming Russian-Ukrainian negotiations, which had stalled.
Nevertheless, the representative of the businessman then denied these data. “Mr. Abramovich is not in Kyiv and has not been there recently,” — he told RBC.
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According to the publication, this happened after Zelensky called Biden and advised him to wait with a decision on sanctions, since Abramovich could become an intermediary in negotiations on a settlement between Moscow and Kyiv.
The adviser On March 31, the head of the office of the President of Ukraine, Mikhail Podolyak, said that the businessman is “extremely efficient”; mediator during the negotiations between the Russian and Ukrainian delegations.
“He partially moderates the process from the point of view, so that there is no misunderstanding “at the entrance.” That is, when a side declares something, and the other side misunderstood it, from the point of view of the logistics of the negotiation process, — explained Podolyak.
The Kremlin pointed out that the businessman was not an official member of the Russian delegation, but he was “involved in providing certain contacts”; between the sides.
Abramovich was noticed on March 29 at the Dolmabahce Palace right before the start of negotiations between delegations in Istanbul. He talked with Turkish President Recep Erdogan, next to them was Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu. The latter noted that the businessman “is making sincere efforts” to help resolve the situation in Ukraine.
On April 22, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov noted that negotiations between Russia and Ukraine were moving forward ” slowly-slowly. Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said that Russia has lost confidence in the Ukrainian negotiators, as Kyiv is changing its position and trying to “drag out the negotiation process.”
Podolyak, in turn, said that the process became more complicated after the events in Bucha, Mariupol, Volnovakha and Kyiv region. “The emotional background in which the negotiations are taking place today gives grounds for a slightly different look at the situation as a whole,” — he said.
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