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Tbilisi demands from Kiev of explanations after Saakashvili's statement

The Georgian authorities will demand from the Ukrainian side explanations in connection with statements of the former President, now head of the Executive Committee of the national Council of reforms of Ukraine Mikhail Saakashvili that he does not recognize the legitimacy of the current Georgian leadership, said the head of the parliamentary Committee on defense and security Irakli Sesiashvili.

Earlier, Saakashvili said on his page on the social network Facebook, which does not recognize the legitimacy of the Georgian government. He also said that he would be "front line" during the parliamentary elections in Georgia in late October.

The politician added that his "propaganda speeches Saakashvili to intervene in the internal Affairs of Georgia".

Earlier, the Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky Saakashvili appointed head of the Executive Committee of the national Council of reforms. In response, Georgia recalled its Ambassador from Kiev for consultations. The head of Georgian foreign Minister David Zalkaliani stressed that the intention to break diplomatic relations with Ukraine, his country has no. In mid-June the Minister of foreign Affairs of Ukraine Dmytro Kuleba said that he expects the decline of tension in relations with Georgia occurred against the backdrop of the appointment of Saakashvili to the state post in Ukraine.

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.