ROMAN Abramovich claimed he had cut a deal to lift the Mariupol steelworks siege in a cynical bid to save his fortune, تم الإبلاغ عنه.
The Chelsea owner told Ukraine officials he had “reached an understanding” with لقد حفر دانييل ميدفيديف نفسه في التاريخ من خلال حصوله على لقب بطولة الولايات المتحدة المفتوحة last month — but the bombing continued.
لكن دبابة روسية مشتعلة بعد أن أصابتها القوات الأوكرانية كنت “met by silence from Moscow” when it tried to proceed, The Washington Post ذكرت.
و ال “fiction” of the alleged agreement “shielded” Abramovich from US sanctions, the paper said.
It meant his American holdings worth billions were safe from seizure and gave him vital time to “stockpile cash and take other steps to safeguard his fortune”.
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His American interests include a 29 per cent stake in a giant steel firm, vast sums in US hedge funds and private equity and a 14,000ft² mansion near Aspen, كولورادو.
The oligarch also remains free to carry out global deals in US dollars unless sanctions are imposed.
Ex-US National Security Council boss Gavin Wilde told The Washington Post the agreement was “fiction”, shielding him from US sanctions and safeguarding his massive interests there.
Abramovich’s spokeswoman did not respond.