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US State Department urges to observe supremacy of law in case with Saakashvili
18:22, 6 December 2017
US State Department urges to observe supremacy of law in case with Saakashvili

US follow closely the situation in Kyiv

18:22, 6 December 2017

Reuters

The US State Department of State urged all sides of the incident with the detention of Mikheil Saakashvili, the former head of Odesa Regional Administration to respect the supremacy of the law and avoid the violence. Heather Nauert, the spokeswoman of the US State Department of State claimed this as Voice of America reported.

The US State Department follows closely the situation in Kyiv and insists on its de-escalation as Nauert noted.

'We are in the close contact with the government of Ukraine and we have the good relations but it does not mean that we agree on everything with them. We urge the authorities of Ukraine to de-escalate the situation. We urge all sides to avoid the violence and follow the supremacy of law and international commitments', she claimed.

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Nauert added that any arrest or detention should be executed on the legal basis.

'If the Ukrainian authorities detain or arrest somebody than it should take place in accordance with the laws and norms of this country and international commitments in the sphere of the human rights', she said.

As we reported Saakashvili was detained in the suspicion of the support of the criminal group in the organization of the criminal activity. According to the Prosecutor General’s Office of Ukraine, Saakashvili financed the protests to take power for the funds of the allies of Viktor Yanukovych, the former president of Ukraine. Later Saakashvili claimed that the accusations of the Prosecutor’s General Office of his ties with oligarch Sergy Kurchenko are fake.

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Saakashvili succeeded to release from the car of the law enforcers after a few failed attempts to pass him to the SBU. He made for the Ukrainian parliament right after the release.

At 6 am today, December 6 the law enforcers came into the protester's camp near the Ukrainian Parliament in the attempt to search for Saakashvili but did not succeed. The clashes took place between the law enforcers and the protesters when both the civilians and the police officers suffered.

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Moreover, the SBU expected Saakashvili to come for the questioning but he refused to come and offered the law enforcers to come to his camp near the Verkhovna Rada. The Prosecutor's Office of Ukraine claimed later that Saakashvili was served with the charge papers.

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