The situation around ex-President of Georgia, former Governor of Odesa region Mikheil Saakashvili isn’t worth international attention, President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko said in a joint press conference with President of Lithuania Dalia Grybauskaitė.
“If we evaluate the situation around Saakashvili, it isn’t worth international attention, because there are specific crimes that were committed and we must ensure transparency of the investigation, complete openness, impartiality of the investigators, and a transparent, fair, and effective trial. These are the things we must guarantee as an independent country,” he said.
Poroshenko emphasized that everyone has to bear responsibility for breaking the law.
“If someone who is accused runs away from under the detention or violates the law, the person must be held responsible. But it should have nothing to do with any type of political activity of a certain individual. The law cannot be violated, be it in Ukraine or in Lithuania,” Ukrainian President said.
He also noted that the investigation may address international organization to verify the transparency of their work.
“In order for this to be open and trustworthy, I don’t exclude the possibility, even though the investigation is independent, of asking for an additional expertise, including from international organization,” Poroshenko summarized.
In her turn, Dalia Grybauskaitė said that it is an internal issue of Ukraine, which Lithuania doesn’t interfere in, nor comments.
The scandalous Georgian politician faces charges of aiding a criminal group. On Dec. 5, the police tried to detain him, but a mob of people got him out of the police car and helped him get away. Now he is on the wanted list. You can read the details of these events here.