Contents tagged with Mikheil Saakashvili

  • Lutsenko: Saakashvili will not be expelled from Ukraine over incident at Shehyni border checkpoint

    Prosecutor General of Ukraine Yuri Lutsenko has made assurances that Mikheil Saakashvili, leader of the party "Movement of New Forces" (Rukh Novykh Syl) and former head of the Odessa regional administration, will not be expelled from Ukraine and will not be arrested in connection with the incident at the Shehyni border checkpoint.

    "As Prosecutor General, I tell you clearly: Saakashvili will not be arrested in relation to this case, [and] Saakashvili cannot be extradited from this country while …

  • Saakashvili talks of wiretapping, SBU denies

    Former Odessa Governor Mikheil Saakashvili said that unknown persons intended to place a special listening device in his hotel room in Chernivtsi.

    “Everything would have been fine if at first my bodyguard hadn’t stopped an attempted break-in – and my bodyguard is a professional… he is well versed in protection against such things – a break-in by people with suitcases specific to the Ukrainian SBU. When they came over, they said, as I recall, that they represent some agency. They tried to come …

  • Ministry of Justice of Ukraine: There are no grounds to extradite Saakashvili

    Mikheil Saakashvili, the former head of the Odessa Regional State Administration, will not be extradited from Ukraine until the criminal proceedings against him are completed in Georgia, stated the Deputy Minister of Justice Denis Chernyshov in a comment on 112 Ukraine TV channel.

    According to Chernyshov, there are no grounds for Saakashvili's extradition at the moment, as the he has not been convicted in Georgia.

    “Nothing happened in Ukraine, except for Saakashvili's crossing the border. …

  • Ukrainian Justice Ministry: The Prosecutor General’s Office begins extradition check for Saakashvili

    The Prosecutor General’s Office (PGO) of Ukraine is examining Georgia’s request for the extradition of former Georgian president and governor of Odessa Mikheil Saakashvili, announced Ukrainian Justice Minister Pavlo Petrenko.

    “After receiving this [extradition] request [from Georgia], all the materials were sent to the bodies of the PGO in order to carry out an extradition check. This is a preliminary stage. If it is completed with a positive conclusion, it will be possible to adopt further …

  • Poland summons Ukrainian ambassador over Saakashvili

    Polish politicians are following the situation around the case of former president of Georgia, former governor of the Odessa region Mikheil Saakashvili. The ambassador of Ukraine was summoned to the Foreign Ministry of Poland, Radio Libert reported.

    "The Polish Foreign Ministry summoned the Ukrainian Ambassador to Poland to provide explanations," the report said, citing the Polish MEP Saryusz-Wolski.

    A number of Polish media published Saryusz-Wolski's statement. Wolski had arrived in Przemyśl …

  • Saakashvili breaks past border guards into Ukrainian territory

    Former Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili and his supporters managed to break through a cordon of Ukrainian border guards who blocked his way at the Shehyni border crossing and denied him entry into Ukraine. 

    Saakashvili moved forward for some time in a tight ring of escorts, after which he was given a car, NewsOne reports. The politician himself said that he was heading for Lviv.

    Ukrainian MP Yuriy Derevyanko commented that after the cordon had been broken, the law enforcement officials …

  • Saakashvili: Poroshenko threatened me while trying to stop my political criticism

    Mikheil Saakashvili, who was recently stripped of his Ukrainian citizenship, spoke in an interview with ZIK TV how Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko had threatened him in Malta.  

    Saakashvili said that he is in New York now, and the last time he met with Poroshenko was in Malta at the European People's Party summit.

    “The conversation lasted two hours; it was two hours of threats and direct blackmail, calls to stop criticizing the President, to stop political activity. And if I stop the …

  • Media reports suggest Poroshenko dismissed Saakashvili

    Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has signed a decree to dismiss Mikheil Saakashvili from the post of Governor of the Odessa region, according to, citing a source close to the presidential administration.

    The dismissal decree was signed by Poroshenko with an “open date” because, according to the publication, the Ukrainian President has not yet found a suitable replacement for Saakashvili.

    The Presidential administration is currently considering several well-known candidates for …

  • Ukraine Launches Demonstration of New Silk Road, Bypassing Russia

    The Ukrainian Minister of Economic Development and Trade, Aivaras Abromavičius, wrote on his Facebook page that the first demonstration cargo train departed from Illichivsk via a the Ukraine-Georgia-Azerbaijan-Kazakhstan-China (through the Caspian and Black Seas) route.

    “The cargo train is running on the Ukraine-Georgia-Azerbaijan-Kazakhstan-China route. This demonstration cargo train still has to resolve technical and logistical issues, and work out other technical aspects, which can arise. …