Saakashvili in Vilnius and refused Lithuanian citizenship
Former President of Georgia and stripped of Ukrainian citizenship, the former head of Odessa regional state administration of Ukraine Mikheil Saakashvili arrived in Lithuania.
It is reported by the Lithuanian Agency BNS.
As noted, in Vilnius, Saakashvili said that doesn’t apply for obtaining Lithuanian citizenship, but “very grateful for such a proposal.”
“I have to get Ukrainian citizenship, it was taken away illegally. Many Ukrainians are outraged and would feel abandoned if I won’t fight,” he added.
Note, the MEP from Lithuania Petras auštrevičius, after depriving Saakashvili Ukrainian citizenship offered to grant him Lithuanian.
We will remind, the state border service said earlier that Saakashvili, during an attempt of crossing the Ukrainian border will be seized passport, and he will be missed in Ukraine.
President Petro Poroshenko has deprived politics of citizenship of Ukraine based on the recommendations of the Commission on citizenship issues under the President of Ukraine. Saakashvili himself said that it wants to make to refugee status, but he “is going to achieve the legal right to return to Ukraine”.
Ukrainian citizenship Saakashvili gave his decree the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko at the end of may 2015. On the eve of getting a Ukrainian passport he was appointed Chairman of the Odessa regional state administration. In December 2015, it was deprived of Georgian citizenship.
At the head of the Odessa region , Saakashvili worked for a year and a half, after which he announced his resignation, accusing the President of violating the promises and progress to senior positions in the regional administrations of the “old corrupt”. Then the former President of Georgia announced the creation of their own political powerwhich will go on elections to the Ukrainian Parliament.
In Georgia the politician is charged with four criminal counts. He faces up to 11 years of imprisonment.
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