The Georgian government did not demand that Ukraine extradite Mikheil Saakashvili, the former head of Odesa regional state administration and ex-president of Georgia. Ukraine’s leader Petro Poroshenko said that at a briefing in Tbilisi, Georgia.
‘’We’re communicating effectively with Georgian government, and we have never received any requests about Saakashvili’s extradition. So we just do not consider this issue,’ Poroshenko said, adding he’s got nothing more to say on this topic without any inquiries by the Georgian side.
Mikheil Saakashvili is a famous Georgian and Ukrainian politician who served as president of Georgia in 2004-2007 and 2008-2013. He supported the Euromaidan movement and the 2014 Ukrainian revolution. In May 2015, Poroshenko appointed Saakashvili Governor of Odesa region. He was also granted Ukrainian citizenship. In November 2016, Saakashvili resigned as Governor while blaming President Poroshenko personally for enabling corruption in Odessa and in Ukraine overall. Four days later he announced his goal to create a new political party called Movement of New Forces.
The Georgian politician has two cases opened against him in his motherland; in one case, he was charged with dispersing a peaceful protest in Tbilisi in 2007 and converting a local businessman’s TV company. In the other case, Saakashvili was accused of assaulting former MP Valeriy Gelashvili in 2005.