Before todays talks in Istanbul started, Ukraine’s foreign minister Dmytro Kuleba advised anyone going to the negotiations with the Russian Federation “not to eat or drink anything, and preferably avoid touching any surface”.
He was speaking during an interview with Ukrainian news channel Ukrayina 24.
The warning came after the suspected poisoning of Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich and Ukrainian negotiators earlier this month at peace talks on the Ukraine-Belarus border.
There is some scepticism about the alleged poisoning and an unnamed US official was quoted as saying that intelligence suggested the men’s symptoms were due to “environmental” factors, not poisoning.
Abramovich has been spotted at the negotiations, in images published by Turkish media.