Georgia’s Saakashvili has Ukrainian citizenship restored

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Ukraine’s new president has given citizenship again to former Georgian chief Mikheil Saakashvili nearly two years after it was eliminated by his predecessor.

Volodymyr Zelensky, a comic elected as president final month, made the change in a decree on Tuesday.

His predecessor, Petro Poroshenko, appointed Saakashvili as governor of Ukraine’s Odessa area in 2015.

However relations soured, and the previous Georgian president was later deported.

Following the announcement on Tuesday, Mr Saakashvili wrote on Fb: “Thanks President Zelensky! Glory to Ukraine!”

Mr Saakashvili lgave up his Georgian citizenship when he took the place of governor in Ukraine.

However after holding the put up for greater than a 12 months, he fell out with Mr Poroshenko and joined the opposition, main anti-corruption rallies towards his former ally.

Mr Saakashvili was stripped of his Ukrainian citizenship in 2017 however later re-entered the nation, promising to confront the president.

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He was then deported from Ukraine in February 2018 and banned from coming into the nation for 3 years.

“There are not any grounds for denying former Odessa Regional Governor Mikheil Saakashvili entry to Ukrainian territory,” the spokesman of the State Border Service, Oleh Slobodyan, advised native information web site Ukrayinska Pravda.

“The fitting of a citizen of Ukraine to enter the territory of Ukraine can’t be restricted,” Mr Slobodyan stated.

Saakashvili served as president of Georgia for nearly 10 years. Final 12 months, he was sentenced in absentia there for abuse of energy – a verdict he denounced as politically motivated.

He at the moment resides in his spouse’s native nation, the Netherlands.

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