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Saakashvili Promises to Fight for Ukrainian Citizenship

27.07.2017 19:03

Former Georgian President and ex-Governor of Ukraine’s Odessa region Mikheil Saakashvili has no intention of becoming a refugee and will fight for his right to return to Ukraine legally.

"I lived in Ukraine for more than thirteen years, took part in three revolutions. I have only one citizenship, that of Ukraine, and I will not be deprived of it. Attempts are now underway to force me to become a refugee. That will not happen. I will not change my status, and I will fight for my legal right to return to Ukraine", he wrote on Facebook on Thursday. I

n the same time members of the New Forces Movement founded by former Georgian President and ex-Governor of Ukraine’s Odessa region Mikhail Saakashvili said the party’s leader is currently in the US, adding that they do not know when he will come back.

"Saakashvili has been in the United States for several days now", the movement’s representative said.

Earlier President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko stripped Saakashvili of Ukrainian citizenship on the basis of the recommendations issued by the Commission on Citizenship. It supported the motion lodged by Ukraine’s State Migration Service, which provided convincing evidence of submitting false information while filing an application for citizenship by Saakashvili.