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Ukrainian Authorities Refused to Extradite Saakashvili to Georgia

20.07.2017 18:38

The Ukrainian government twice rejected Georgia's demands for the extradition of former President Mikhail Saakashvili, Minister of Justice of Georgia Tea Tsulukiani reported at a press conference to journalists.

According to her, Georgian Prosecutor's Office provided convincing evidence of Saakashvili's crimes to Ukrainian authorities. At the same time, the minister stressed that the issue of Saakashvili's extradition can not be a political process since all the evidence testifies against him.

Earlier, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said he did not know about Tbilisi's demands for Saakashvili. However, later, the Ukrainian leader changed his mind and said that the Georgian authorities provided unconvincing facts of Saakashvili's guilt.

This scandal unfolded against the backdrop of Petro Poroshenko's two-day visit to Georgia. The Ukrainian president refused to discuss the issue of extraditing Saakashvili with his Georgian counterpart Giorgi Margvelashvili.

Many representatives of the Georgia's political leadership regard such actions of Poroshenko as unfriendly and provocative. In their view, Poroshenko's statement about the strength of the Georgian-Ukrainian relations is dubious and false.