The US is considering imposing sanctions on Russian billionaires, including Roman Abramovich.
But according to the Wall Street Journal, Ukraine president Volodymyr Zelensky has asked his US counterpart Joe Biden ‘not to sanction’ Abramovich, as well as several other Russian oligarchs.
Zelensky supposedly believes that the Chelsea owner could help facilitate a peace deal to end the war between Russia and Ukraine.
Abramovich’s close links to Russian president Vladimir Putin are the reason he is sanctioned by the UK and the EU.
It is claimed that his company, Evraz, supplies steel which is used to produce Russian tanks.
It was also reported in the first week of the war that Abramovich was involved with peace talks.
At the moment, the Russian’s assets in the UK and the EU are frozen. Chelsea have been put up for sale.
Abramovich allowed to inject £30m into Chelsea to keep club alive
According to The Times, the UK government has permitted Roman Abramovich to pump £30m into Chelsea to keep the club afloat.
The ruling comes despite the sanctions imposed on the Russian billionaire by the UK government.
Chelsea are stripped of most of their income as they operate under a restrictive licence.
The government has now let them sell tickets to the FA Cup and Champions League games but the revenue will go to the victims of war in Ukraine, not to the club itself.
The Blues find themselves in an unstable financial position as the sale process is dragging on.