The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday that Ukraine’s president, Volodymyr Zelensky, was to ask the US administration to refrain from imposing sanctions on Roman Abramovich’s oligarch. Zelensky was supposed to motivate this by taking advantage of Abramovich in peace talks with the Russian authorities.

According to the newspaper, which cited sources in the administration of President Joe Biden, the US Treasury was ready to announce sanctions against the billionaire and former owner of Chelsea Football Club, as did the United Kingdom and the European Union, but ultimately abstained at the request of the European Union. White House.

This decision was made during a conversation between Presidents Biden and Zelensky. The Ukrainian president was asked to refrain from imposing sanctions on Abramovich, as he “may prove to be an important mediator” in talks with the Kremlin.

Neither Washington nor Kyiv commented on the newspaper’s reports. But the oligarch’s spokesman said that Abramovich “relying on requests, including from Jewish organizations in Ukraine, is doing everything possible to support efforts to restore peace as quickly as possible.”

According to the WSJ, Abramowicz owns several luxury yachts and villas in both the UK and the US. (PAP)

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