TBILISI, DFWatch–Georgia’s former president, who was recently stripped of his Ukrainian citizenship, vowed Saturday to return to Kyiv and oust President Poroshenko, his one-time ally.
Mikheil Saakashvili was speaking to Georgian TV station Rustavi 2 from the United States.
He told the TV station that the decision three days prior to take away his citizenship was confirmation that he is the main threat to the current corrupt regime in Kyiv, which he will return and help overthrow.
The former president of Georgia and governor of Odessa recently formed his own political party in Ukraine.
Ukraine’s formal reason for canceling the citizenship of the Georgian-born politician was that he allegedly had violated certain procedures when he applied. The decision was made shortly after Poroshenko’s first official trip to Georgia.
Saakashvili was in the U.S. at the time. From a legal standpoint, he is now a stateless person. But he will not apply to another country for citizenship because he considers himself a citizen of Ukraine and will use every legal avenue to restore his citizenship status there.
“I don’t recognize illegal decrees… [Now] the first and foremost task is changing authorities in Ukraine and I’ll play a crucial role in this,” Saakashvili said, adding that in the fall his political allies will launch a series of rallies throughout the country.
“The step taken by Poroshenko was an act of a frightened, scared human being. He violated the constitution of Ukraine as well as its international commitments,” Saakashvili said in the interview. “Poroshenko cut his throat with his own hand, as he banished his main opponent from the country.”
“I’m quite optimistic,” Georgia’s former president added.