Asked if he believed the Ukrainian delegation had been targeted, Prystaiko said that a similar form of attack was “coming” from Russia but, in this case, it was unlikely. He added that he “couldn’t feel protected” from Vladimir Putin despite personal security as the leader had launched a large-scale attack against Ukraine so he would stop at nothing to achieve his goals.
Responding to a Sky News question on The Kay Burley Show about the poisoning, Vadym Prystaiko said: “Frankly, if Russia wanted them poisoned to death, they would be dead by now.
“Remember how people drink polonium here. How the Skripals were poisoned, and how many people are suffering around us.”
Mr Prystaiko was referring to the poisoning of Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia, who were targeted in Salisbury in 2018.
Skripal is a former Russian military officer and double agent for the British intelligence services who is believed to have been poisoned with the nerve agent Novichok by Russian officers.
He added: “I believe that it will come, sooner or later the Russians will do such a thing.
“People ask me, for example, if I’m safe here, and if I have protection. But I believe we cannot feel protected anywhere in the world.
“Russia is engaged in large-scale aggression against Ukraine and actually against the whole world.”
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But owners Chelsea FC have since returned to the negotiating table, pictured in Istanbul at the resumption of talks between Russia and Ukraine on Monday.
He flew to Moscow to meet with Putin last week, where he reportedly handed over a letter to the leader from Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.