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American officials hoped that the mediation of businessman Roman Abramovich would help move on to meaningful negotiations with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Now, according to The Wall Street Journal, they are “increasingly ambivalent” about the billionaire.
The article said that Ukrainian, American and European officials said they had abandoned expectations that the businessman could play a key role as an intermediary in the negotiations between the parties. After the failure of the peace talks, he is now engaged in narrower deals: the exchange of prisoners and the export of grain from Ukraine and ammonia from Russia, the newspaper notes.
At the same time, Washington has so far refrained from imposing sanctions against Abramovich.
The WSJ writes that despite the lack of progress in facilitating a peace deal, no Russian colleague or UN diplomat has been able to match the businessman’s behind-the-scenes diplomacy in this conflict. According to the publication, Abramovich remains an intermediary acceptable to the Russian leadership, as well as to Ukraine and its allies.
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