The Georgian Foreign Minister commented on the challenge of the Ukrainian ambassador after Saakashvili’s statements.
Tbilisi will not allow strategic relations with Kyiv to be ruined due to the ex-president, chairman of the executive committee of the Reform Council of Ukraine Mikheil Saakashvili. This was stated by Georgian Foreign Minister David Zalkaliani, reports Georgia Online on Friday, June 12.
This statement was made by Zalkaliani to journalists, commenting on the call of the ambassador of Ukraine Igor Dolgov to the Georgian Foreign Ministry.
“Based on our strategic relationship, we will not allow our partners to be in jeopardy because of one convicted and the wanted person [Saakashvili],” Zalkaliani said.
Recall, on the eve of the Ukrainian ambassador to Georgia, they were summoned to the Foreign Ministry after Saakashvili posted a video message on Facebook calling on all Georgian opposition parties to unite in the October parliamentary elections. He also said that “he is not going to look at the destruction of Georgia,” and he will be “at the forefront” in the elections.
After meeting at the Foreign Ministry, the Ukrainian diplomat said that Saakashvili’s words were the personal opinion of a person who, despite the position of chairman of the executive committee of the Reform Council of Ukraine, is not an official representative of Kyiv.
“Even if he did not hold any position and were an ordinary citizen, our legislation categorically prohibits a foreign citizen from interfering in our election process,” the Georgian Foreign Minister added.
After President Vladimir Zelensky signed a decree on May 7 appointing Saakashvili as head of the reform executive committee, Georgia withdrew its ambassador from Kyiv, Teimuraz Sharashenidze.