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Saakashvili refused to become a counselor Zelensky reform

The President of Ukraine Vladimir Zelensky said that he offered the ex-President of Georgia Mikheil Saakashvili to become his adviser on reforms, but he refused because it's "not his level".

Zelensky in early may, Saakashvili appointed head of the Executive Committee of the national Council of reforms of Ukraine.

"We met with Mikhail Nikolozovich, he said, "I want to help." There were several meetings, several times he came with different tips that is adequate. He asked: "Where do you see me?". And I said to him, "I want you guys thought I saw your status". I suggested to him: "you Can come to me Advisor on reforms." He says: "It is not my level," said Zelensky in interview to the edition "the Ukrainian truth" published on Thursday.

He said that Saakashvili offered him to become Deputy Prime Minister for reform. "I replied: "Deputy Prime Minister - as Deputy Prime Minister, but I will talk to the Prime Minister how it will be and how you will be able to work," said Zelensky.

However, he said that Saakashvili did not become Deputy Prime Minister because of different attitudes to this appointment, including in the faction.

He also said that he returned the passport of the citizen of Ukraine, because "this is true". In his opinion, the passport Saakashvili took unfair.

Ex-President Saakashvili left Georgia in 2013, where he opened a number of criminal cases, some of them he was sentenced in absentia to prison terms. In the spring of 2015 Saakashvili came to Ukrainian politics, when held the post of President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko appointed him Governor of Odessa region, before granting citizenship. However, in November 2016 Poroshenko has dismissed Saakashvili, saying that he not only fulfilled promises to develop the region, but also greatly worsened its economic performance. At the end of July 2017, Poroshenko deprived Saakashvili Ukrainian citizenship. Later, Saakashvili has filed a complaint against this decision of the Ukrainian court, it is still not considered.

The government of Ukraine in February 2018 has sent Saakashvili to Poland, from which he in autumn 2017 illegally came to Ukraine broke through the cordons of border guards and law enforcement officers. Ukraine's new President Vladimir Zelensky on may 28, 2019, a decree was returned Saakashvili Ukrainian citizenship, then the policy returned to the Ukraine.