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Ukraine summons Georgian ambassador after reports of Saakashvili's arrest

Source : 112 Ukraine

Volodymyr Zelensky expressed concern about the arrest and the “tone” of statements coming from Georgia
21:50, 1 October 2021

Ukraine's Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Oleh Nikolenko
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The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine has summoned the Georgian Ambassador to Kyiv due to the detention of country's former president Mikheil Saakashvili in Tbilisi. This was announced by the speaker of the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry Oleh Nikolenko, RBC-Ukraine reports.

Nikolenko noted that the ambassador was summoned to receive official information on the grounds and circumstances of Saakashvili's detention.

"The Foreign Ministry invited the head of the Georgian Embassy in Ukraine to receive official information on the grounds and circumstances of Mikheil Saakashvili's detention," Nikolenko said.

At the same time, the press secretary of the president, Serhiy Nykyforov, said that Volodymyr Zelensky was concerned about the detention of Saakashvili.

"We are closely following reports of the arrest of Mikheil Saakashvili, chairman of the executive committee of the National Council for Reforms of Ukraine. President Volodymyr Zelensky is concerned about such news and the tone of statements about the possible development of the situation," Nykyforov wrote on his Facebook page.

Saakashvili, who lived in Ukraine for several years and was granted Ukrainian citizenship, was detained on Friday upon his arrival ahead of local elections. Despite him being sentenced to prison in absentia in Georgia, Saakashvili said he wanted to return to help “save the country” and called for post-election street protests.

Related: Saakashvili's office: No evidence of his detention in Georgia yet

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