Kuleba on detention of ex-president of Georgia Mikheil Saakashvili: We protect every citizen of Ukraine

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Canan Kevser
04 October 2021, 14:59
Canan Kevser
04 October 2021, 14:59

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine will support the ex-president of Georgia Mikheil Saakashvili since he is a citizen of Ukraine, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said.

"Saakashvili is our citizen. We will provide him with appropriate support. This morning, a representative of the Georgian Embassy will arrive at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine upon our call. All this will be discussed with him. We protect every citizen of Ukraine when he or she gets in trouble," Kuleba said in a comment to the Dom TV channel.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky during a press conference on Sunday said that the return of Mikheil Saakashvili chairman of the Executive Committee of Ukraine's National Reform Council, to Ukraine will be discussed at the diplomatic level and the level of the governments of Ukraine and Georgia.

Background

On Friday morning, October 1, Saakashvili wrote on social networks that he had arrived in Georgia. In the evening of the same day, Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili said that Saakashvili, who had returned from Ukraine, had been detained and taken to prison. He went on a hunger strike.

Saakashvili served as president of Georgia from 2004 to 2013. He left the country after losing the 2013 election. After that, a number of criminal cases were initiated against the politician. On some of the charges, he was convicted in absentia.

In 2015, Saakashvili was deprived of Georgian citizenship.

He has been a citizen of Ukraine for almost six years.