The former head of the Odesa Regional State Administration Mikheil Saakashvili said that Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko will not be able to deprive him of Ukrainian citizenship. He stated this on his Facebook page. He stressed that he will not apply for refugee status.
"I’ve been living in Ukraine for more than 13 years, I participated in three revolutions: revolutions on granite and two Maidans! I have only one citizenship - Ukrainian and they will not be able to deprive me of it! Now they want to force me to get refugee status. It will not happen! I will seek a legal right to return to Ukraine!" Saakshvili said.
Saakashvili also said that Poroshenko went to Georgia "for another deal."
"Poroshenko went to Georgia not to establish ties, he went there for another “deal”, this time the deal of two oligarchic regimes: Ukrainian Poroshenko and Gazprom's largest private shareholder, pro-Russian Ivanishvili," he said.
According to him, "they claim that they allegedly provided new evidence to the Prosecutor’s Office in my case, but this is another lie." He noted that since he got citizenship of Ukraine there were no cases brought against him in Georgia. And for those that were, "the whole world and Ukraine did not recognize them."
"By this decree you an admitted your defeat. Today you crossed the line. Today, the whole country realized the price of your promises and the promise to "to live in a new way." Now, you will probably just like your predecessor will have a desire to hold power at any cost. Well, you can try, just remember, you are not welcome in Russia! Ukrainians have already coped with this plague twice and will not stop until they bring real new politicians to power! " Saakashvili addressed to Poroshenko.
As it was reported earlier Poroshenko revoked Ukrainian citizenship of Saakashvili. The State Migration Service of Ukraine confirmed this.