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Ukraine warned its negotiators not to eat, drink or even touch anything as they headed into talks with Russia

Following suspicions that Russian businessman Roman Abramovich and others may have been poisoned during earlier discussions, Ukraine advised its negotiators not to eat, drink, or even touch anything as they headed into talks with Russia in Istanbul on Tuesday. “I encourage everyone coming to Russia for negotiations not to eat or drink anything, and to avoid touching surfaces,” Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba stated in an interview with Ukrayina 24.

Abramovich, like others of Ukraine’s negotiating group, became unwell after meetings in early March, despite the fact that Russian officials said he was not part of the official delegation. According to a source close to Abramovich, they feel they were poisoned. Although no peace accord was reached at Tuesday’s discussions, Ukrainian negotiators presented some proposals, and Moscow said it would “dramatically limit” military action near Kyiv and Chernihiv.
The colleague, who spoke on the condition of anonymity due to the sensitivity of the matter, said some believe the suspected poisoning was carried out by a “third party,” implying it was not sanctioned by the Russian government. The Chelsea soccer club owner, who is facing European penalties over his ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin and has since put his West London club up for sale, has recovered and is “fine,” according to the Abramovich acquaintance, and is now focusing on negotiations between Kyiv and Moscow.
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