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Roman Abramovich’s two superyachts ‘sail to punish safe haven in Turkey’ after jet flies back to Moscow

ROMAN Abramovich’s two superyachts are said to be preparing for sanctions to provide a safe haven for Turkey as the hunt for Russian oligarchs’ assets grows.

The Russian billionaire’s £430m superyacht has sailed south, believed to be Turkey, after docking in Montenegro on Sunday, according to Sky News.

Roman Abramovich was seen at Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion Airport yesterday before his jet took off for Istanbul

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Roman Abramovich was seen at Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion Airport yesterday before his jet took off for IstanbulCredit: Reuters

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His second ship, the Eclipse, is off the coast of Algeria.

Brussels has followed the UK in imposing sanctions on pro-Putin oligarchs, including Abramovich.

However, Turkey has said it will not join international sanctions against it, said Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, creating a small safe haven for oligarchs looking to evade officials. The West.

It comes as there is speculation that Abramovich may be planning a more permanent move to Turkey and possibly starting his own team there.

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The Telegraph speculates Abramovich could make an offer to buy Goztepe FC, who, like Chelsea in 2003, have not won a championship since the 1950s.

It happened when Abramovich was said to have landed in Moscow after fleeing his mansion in Israel, it was reported.

The battered billionaire’s two superyachts have now set sail to evade sanctions imposed on him by the European Union, who claim he has “privileged access” to Vladimir Putin.

A private jet with links to the Russian-Israeli billionaire, also just returned to the Russian capital, where it landed at 3 a.m. Tuesday.

The plane’s route was tracked by the aircraft tracker Flightradar24 and the Russian Twitter account Oligarch Jets.

According to MarineTraffic, Abramovich’s two superyachts are the £430m My Solaris and the £1bn Eclipse.

My Solaris – which boasts a helipad and missile detection system – has left Montenegro and is now descending into the Adriatic, between Italy and Greece.

And Eclipse is sailing through the Mediterranean near Algeria after sailing from the Caribbean.

On Tuesday, the owner of Chelsea Football Club was spotted looking tired at Israel’s Ben Gurion airport shortly before his jet took off for Istanbul.

The photos show the Chelsea boss sitting alone in the airport’s VIP lounge with a mask covering his chin.

He is seen staring at his phone while glancing over his head.

It is understood the billionaire drove from his £65million mansion to the airport earlier in the day.

And his luxury Gulfstream G650ER jet – a registered LX-Ray – landed in Turkey just after 3pm on Monday before continuing its journey.

Abramovich, who also holds Portuguese citizenship, was among seven Russian billionaires put on Britain’s sanctions list last week.

The EU has now followed suit, saying Abramovich enjoys “privileged access” to Vladimir Putin, Politico reported.

It is claimed that these “very good relationships” have helped him make money in industries that bring “significant revenue” to the Kremlin, helping Moscow finance the invasion of Ukraine.

The move is part of an effort to isolate Putin from Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid said that the country’s financial, banking and aviation authorities are looking into the matter of Russian oligarchs in the country.

In a statement released during a visit to Slovakia, which shares a border with Ukraine, he said: “Israel will not be the way to circumvent the sanctions imposed by the United States and other Western countries. Russia”.

Abramovich, who has denied having a close relationship with Putin, obtained Israeli citizenship in 2018, quickly placing him on the list of the three wealthiest men in Israel.

It comes as the UK seizes a private jet linked to the Russian tycoon at Farnborough Airport, according to CNBC.

He also has a fortune of £3.2 billion frozen by the UK government because of his alleged close relationship with Putin – preventing him from selling his stake in Chelsea.

Abramovich is worth £10.4bn, according to Forbes, and owns a £150m mansion in Kensington, a £33m West London penthouse and yachts, private jets, online helicopters and supercars worth more than 1.2 billion pounds.

Chelsea on Friday had their accounts frozen, after sanctions were introduced to ban the club from selling tickets and merchandise.

Sponsoring telecoms Three has pulled out of a £40m-a-year deal with the club and the team have two weeks to find a new buyer who can put up a £28m-a-month salary bill or go in. manage.

The government has said it is ready to approve the sale of the 117-year-old club on the condition that Abramovich does not receive a dime.

At least four yachts and a private jet owned by Russians or their families have managed to escape sanctions imposed by the West by dodging them.

According to Flightradar24, Abramovich’s jet left Moscow’s Knukovo International Airport at 16:43 local time and flew over Kazakhstan, the Caspian Sea, Azerbaijan and Turkey before landing in Tel Aviv at 21: 18.

One Twitter user has been posting flight records of the jet over the past few weeks.

The aircraft flew to Moscow from Baku, Azerbaijan, on 1 March and then departed for Istanbul and flew to Ankara the next day, where it remained before returning to Istanbul on 4 March.

On Sunday, it left Istanbul for Moscow before making a trip to Ben-Gurion Airport.

Abramovich’s 787 Dreamliner was also seen traveling between Moscow and Dubai in early March while a helicopter of the billionaire was tracked flying around the islands in Bermuda in late February, according to the Times of Israel.

It comes as the US warns Israel against becoming a safe haven for Russian money.

Abramovich is said to be moving his superyacht to punitive safety in Turkey

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Abramovich is said to be moving his superyacht to punitive safety in TurkeyCredit: Reuters

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