Roman Abramovich spotted at airport on his way to Turkey

Roman Abramovich broke his cover at a Tel Aviv airport today – moments before jetting off to Turkey.

The sanctioned Russian was spotted looking dishevelled in Israel’s Ben Gurion airport shortly before his jet took off for Istanbul.

Photos show the Chelsea owner sitting in the airport’s VIP lounge with a face mask pulled down over his chin.

He can bee seen peering at his phone while glancing overhead.

It’s understood the billionaire drove from his £65million mansion towards the airport earlier in the day.

And his luxury Gulfstream G650ER jet – registered LX-Ray – landed in Turkey just after 3pm this afternoon.

Abramovich, who also holds Israeli and Portuguese citizenship, was among seven Russian billionaires added to the British sanctions list on Thursday as part of efforts to isolate President Vladimir Putin over Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

This morning, Israel’s Foreign Minister Yair Lapid said the country’s financial, banking and aviation authorities were looking into the issue of Russian oligarch’s in the country.

In a statement made while on a visit to Slovakia, which borders Ukraine, he said: “Israel will not be a route to bypass sanctions imposed on Russia by the United States and other Western countries.”

Abramovich, who has denied having close ties to Putin, gained Israeli citizenship in 2018, quickly putting him in the top three of wealthiest men in Israel.