Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich in Belarus aiding peace talks in Russia Ukraine conflict
Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has reportedly taken the establishing an end to the Russia Ukraine conflict into his own hands, and is brokering peace talks between the two nations, according to the Jerusalem Post.
.@ChelseaFC owner Roman Abramovich is in Belarus to assist in Ukraine-Russia negotiations. Alexander Rodnyansky, an Oscar-nominated producer born in Kyiv, says @ZelenskyyUa‘s staff reached out and requested help and ‘Roman decided to help.’https://t.co/KTmTMSzsU6
— The Jerusalem Post (@Jerusalem_Post) February 28, 2022
This comes after the Russian Oligarch allegedly decided to respond to a call put out by Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky for those in positions of power in order to accelerate the talks.
‘The Ukrainians had been trying to find someone in Russia who could help in finding a peaceful resolution,’ Film producer Alexander Rodnyansky explained.
‘They reached out for help and Roman is the person who decided to help and to mobilize support for a peaceful resolution.’
A spokesperson for Roman Abramovich added:
‘I can confirm that Roman Abramovich was contacted by the Ukrainian side for support in achieving a peaceful resolution, and that he has been trying to help ever since.
Considering what is at stake, we would ask for understanding as to why we have not commented on neither the situation as such nor his involvement,’
Abramovich reportedly has close ties to the Jewish communities in both Russia and Ukraine.
What will happen to Chelsea?
Roman Abramovich relinquished control of Chelsea football club on Friday, in a move seen by many to be one solely done to avoid the London club being caught up in any sanctions placed upon the Russian Oligarch.
A statement read:
‘During my nearly 20-year ownership of Chelsea FC, I have always viewed my role as a custodian of the Club, whose job it is ensuring that we are as successful as we can be today, as well as build for the future, while also playing a positive role in our communities. I have always taken decisions with the Club’s best interest at heart. I remain committed to these values. That is why I am today giving trustees of Chelsea’s charitable Foundation the stewardship and care of Chelsea FC.
I believe that currently they are in the best position to look after the interests of the Club, players, staff, and fans.’
It is unclear as of yet just what this means for the London club and its future.