The Georgian foreign Ministry summoned the Ukrainian Ambassador over Saakashvili's statement
Diplomats of the Ministry of foreign Affairs of Georgia held a meeting with the Ukrainian Ambassador Igor Dolgov, who was summoned to the office in connection with the statements of the head of the Executive Committee of the national Council of reforms of Ukraine, ex-President of Georgia Mikhail Saakashvili that he does not recognize the legitimacy of the current Georgian leadership, the press service of the foreign Ministry of Georgia.
Earlier, Saakashvili announced on his page in Facebook that does not recognize the legitimacy of the Georgian government. He also noted that it would be "front line" during the parliamentary elections in Georgia in late October.
According to the Ministry, at the meeting Georgian side once again emphasized the importance of bilateral strategic relations and friendship between the two countries and "expressed concern over the unacceptable statements made by the representative of the Ukrainian leadership in Georgia".
"It was noted that such actions are also a violation of Georgian law, cause serious harm to bilateral relations. The Georgian side expressed hope that the Ukrainian side will assess this fact and both countries will make efforts for the development of subsequent relationships. According to the Ukrainian Ambassador, he will give the official position of Tbilisi Kiev", - said in a statement.
The press service of the Ministry notes that, in connection with the statement, Saakashvili also held a meeting of Georgian foreign Minister and his Ukrainian counterpart, in which the head of the Ukrainian foreign Ministry expressed regret in connection with the incident and promised to clarify the circumstances.
Ukrainian Ambassador in turn stated that Saakashvili expresses only his personal views and positions.
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. In early may of the current year Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky Saakashvili appointed head of the Executive Committee of the national Council of reforms of Ukraine.