Saakashvili's return: let the genie out of the bottle

Author : Natalia Lebed

Source : 112 Ukraine

Former Odesa region governor claims that he is going to Ukraine with rather modest intentions
19:33, 30 May 2019

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Mikheil Saakashvili has arrived from Warsaw to Kyiv. On the eve, on May 28, President Volodymyr Zelensky restored Saakashvili’s Ukrainian citizenship.

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Most experts believe that the Zelensky step is motivated by his electoral struggle with Petro Poroshenko. Plus, the desire to prove his superiority to the whole "old guard", in particular, to the Minister of the Interior Ministry Arsen Avakov. The latter insisted that Saakashvili’s foot never set foot on Ukrainian territory. Meanwhile, quite soon - after the early parliamentary elections - the government will resign to the newly elected Verkhovna Rada. And for Zelensky it will be critically important to take control of the entire power unit. However, in an effort to show "who is the boss," the president may make a fatal mistake for himself. The one that once cost such a price to its predecessor, Petro Poroshenko.

Meanwhile, Saakashvili himself claims that he is going to Ukraine with rather modest intentions.

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The fact is that while nothing is offered to the ex-president of Georgia - no positions or membership in political parties are received. Even more: theoretically, they might begin to unfold the criminal case initiated in late 2017 against Saakashvili, because in Ukraine he is suspected of attempting to seize state power. Saakashvili is subjected to nine criminal proceedings in his homeland – in Georgia. But there, however, it is about corruption.

And although all opposition politicians to Petro Poroshenko literally applaud Saakashvili’s return, it’s not known whether he would conduct negotiations with someone about joint participation in parliamentary elections and so on.

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Would the “lion” kill the “hyena” and whether Saakashvili would become a “personal tiger” for Poroshenko is still unknown. But Zelensky’s Servant of the People party was rather serious with the former Georgian leader, hinting that he would not build his political career here. New leader of this party, Zelensky’s advisor, Dmytro Razumkov, declared that the existing rules exclude Saakashvili’s membership in any political force.

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