On Monday, Russian millionaire Roman Abramovich was spotted in Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion Airport soon before a flight bound for Istanbul, which was linked to him.
The owner of the British soccer team Chelsea, Roman Abramovich, was seen by shauntv sitting in the VIP area of the airport with a face mask pulled down over his chin. Shauntv was unable to confirm if he had boarded the plane.
On Thursday, British sanctions against seven Russian billionaires were imposed as part of efforts to isolate President Vladimir Putin over Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Abramovich, who also claims Israeli and Portuguese nationalities, was one of them.
Diplomatic sources said EU envoys have agreed to put Abramovich on the EU’s list of sanctioned Russian oligarchs.
According to Abramovich, Putin is not a friend of his.
According to Reuters, the jet used by Abramovich arrived at Ben Gurion late Sunday from Moscow, according to the source. This huge Gulfstream business jet with a tail number of LX-RAY arrived in Istanbul after departing Israel, according to flight monitoring website FLIGHTRADAR24.
The plane arrived in Israel late Sunday night, according to online tracking services. Since the invasion, Israeli regulations on private planes have made it impossible for it to stay on the ground for longer than 24 hours.
According to a Friday report from the British transport ministry, the country is on the lookout for oligarchs’ sanctioned helicopters and aircraft.
In recent days, authorities in Europe have confiscated a number of assets, including luxurious boats worth hundreds of millions of euros. Montenegro received a visit from one of Abramovich’s boats on Sunday, the $600 million.
Lapid claimed Israel “would not serve as a way around sanctions” against Russia in Slovakia, which borders Ukraine, where he was travelling as Israeli Foreign Minister.
Nuland, the U.S. undersecretary of state for political affairs, told Israel’s Channel 12 on Friday that the United States has asked Israel to join in banking and export restrictions against Russia.
Lapid did not clarify if Israel was contemplating sanctions of its own. When asked whether the foreign ministry was “coordinating the matter jointly with partners,” he responded, “The Bank of Israel; The Finance Minister; The Economy Minister; The Airports Authority; The Energy… and others.”
On being pressed for further information, the Bank of Israel stated in a statement to Reuters that it was “constantly monitoring progress in the payments networks, the markets, and the financial system.”
Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett’s efforts to resolve the Russian-Ukrainian situation might be hampered by any Israeli penalties. At Putin’s request, he met with the Ukrainian president, Volodymyr Zelenskiy, many times over the phone and in person on March 5.
A senior Israeli official stated that Abramovich was not involved in Israel’s efforts to mediate between the two countries.
Ukraine’s plight resonates with Israelis. In response to British sanctions on Abramovich, the Yad Vashem Holocaust museum in Jerusalem declared on Thursday that it has terminated its strategic partnership with him.