President of Ukraine, Volodymyr ZhelenskyIn a recent phone call, President Joe Biden asked the Russian oligarchy not to impose sanctions on Roman Abramovich, as he could prove to be an effective broker in peace talks with Moscow.
As a result, the White House, along with other wealthy Russians associated with Vladimir Putin, persuaded the Treasury Department not to go ahead with plans to attack Abramovich, according to sources.
Disclosures, reported by The Wall Street JournalExplain how one of the world’s richest men avoided US sanctions, despite being punished by UK and EU travel bans and property freezes.
Sources familiar with the calls between the two presidents told the American newspaper that Biden had consulted with Zhelensky on a series of sanctions, including plans to own the Chelsea football club. However, the White House declined to comment.
“We are not going to read private conversations between President Biden and President Zhelensky,” said Emily Horn, a spokeswoman for the National Security Council. The newspaper says the Treasury Department did not respond to a request for comment.
Abramovich is one of them Occupational groups in the circle of Russian President Vladimir Putin have announced sanctions for their stance on the conflict between Russia and Ukraine. It is already reaching its fourth week.
“For the benefit of the negotiations and their success, it is not helpful to comment on the process or Abramovich’s involvement,” his spokesman said. “As stated earlier, he is doing everything he can to support efforts to restore peace as soon as possible, including the demands of Jewish organizations in Ukraine.”
Since the end of February, David Arakamiya, the parliamentary speaker of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zhelensky, has confirmed that Abramovich has been invited to participate in the peace talks. “He plays a very positive role in this process.” The Kremlin did not comment on the matter.
The Russian billionaire made his fortune in buying state property that was discounted after the fall of the Soviet Union. Since the start of the Russian invasion, he has suffered from a series of sanctions in the United Kingdom and the European Union for his close ties to Putin. He was evacuated shortly before the property freeze struck, when he was reportedly ready for a picnic at his $ 195 million 15-bedroom mansion in Kensington Palace. Three storey penthouse in Gardens, London and Chelsea waterfront.
It is unknown at this time what he will do after leaving the post. (I)