February 18, 2019

Saakashvili plans to change situation in both Georgia and Ukraine

14 February 2018, 11:22 | Devin Moran

In the Netherlands Saakashvili vows to 'continue fight'

In the Netherlands Saakashvili vows to 'continue fight'

The deportation comes amid vocal resentment from Saakashvili against Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko.

But the speed and brutality of the former Georgian president and current Ukrainian opposition leader's arrest and exile may prove damaging to Kiev's reformist image in the West.

On Monday, Saakashvili was detained in Ukraine and then deported to Poland where he said later that he would not give up his attempts to return to Ukraine.

"Warsaw-Kiev, Kiev-Warsaw, I have traveled that route many times and will do it again, " Saakashvili said, without offering specifics. He has since criticized Poroshenko for failing to stem corruption and has led anti-government protests. In September, the court found Saakashvili guilty of illegally crossing the Ukrainian border. Poroshenko stripped him of his Ukrainian citizenship.

Still, the brutality of the arrest which saw border guards push Saakashvili to the ground, insulting and pulling him by the hair, according to footage posted online, has triggered strong criticism. "They will go to prison - not in Europe, but to Ukrainian jails", he said.

She said that the European Union expected to see respect for the rule of law and Saakashvili's rights.

Former President of Georgia and former Governor of Odessa Oblast of Ukraine Mikheil Saakashvili, who has been expelled to Poland, has promised to come back to Ukraine.

The president reacted by stripping his former ally of his citizenship in July 2017, turning him into a stateless person, since Saakashvili lost his Georgian citizenship to accept the Ukrainian one. Dutch authorities have previously said he qualifies for a passport under national law.

"Still, given his energy and charisma, he can not be counted out in the long haul".

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