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Russian tycoon Roman Abramovich and two Ukrainian envoys involved in negotiations with Moscow developed symptoms of a possible poisoning after a meeting in Kyiv last month, according to The Wall Street Journal, which cites “people familiar with the matter.”
The symptoms that appeared in all three cases were red eyes, constant and annoying tearing and peeling skin on the hands and face, according to the newspaper, which attributed the possible attack to “radical elements in Moscow” who were trying to boycott those negotiations.
Despite these symptoms, their lives are not in danger and all of them are evolving positively.
Abramovich had been traveling between Lviv, Moscow, and other capitals in his mediation efforts between the Russian and Ukrainian governments, and although he met with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, the latter was not affected, according to his spokesman, quoted by the newspaper.
The sources specified that it was difficult to determine whether the possible poisoning was caused by a chemical or biological agent, or whether it was electromagnetic radiation.