Russian President Vladimir Putin said that former President of Georgia Mikheil Saakashvili should again receive Ukrainian citizenship. He stated this today, April 29, Interfax reports.
Putin said that Saakashvili was deprived of citizenship and expelled from the country illegally.
"He should have been returned and restored to his violated rights, as well as some other citizens of Ukraine who were forced to leave the country and go to the promised lands, fleeing from the persecution of the current Ukrainian regime," he said.
Saakashvili himself has already commented on this proposal on his Facebook page.
“Who advises the future President of Ukraine to return my citizenship? Putin? Is it that Putin who in December 2017 at a press conference loudly demanded that Poroshenko expel me from Ukraine (which Poroshenko did in a month)?”, he wrote.
In the same way, Saakashvili reminded, Putin demanded not to allow him to Georgia, Turkey, Armenia and Azerbaijan.
"So, the newly-made troll, Vladimir Putin, I am experienced enough to see your policy of double standards behind these maneuvers - to demand my return from Zelensky, who so strongly answered you with his statement on distribution of Russian passports, hoping that he will be afraid to do it. Now it is none of your business! We will deal with the Ukrainians ourselves! ", Saakashvili concluded.
On July 26, 2017, President Petro Poroshenko, by his decree, ceased Ukrainian citizenship of Saakashvili. On January 29, the Supreme Court began to consider the legality of this decision. On February 12, 2018, the border guards expelled the ex-president of Georgia from Ukraine to Poland as part of the readmission procedure.
Prosecutor General Yuriy Lutsenko stated that Saakashvili financed the protests for the seizure of state power in Ukraine for the money of ex-President Viktor Yanukovych associates, in particular Serhiy Kurchenko. In December 2017, Saakashvili was detained on suspicion of assisting members of a criminal organization and promoting criminal activity. He was informed of suspicion.