Saakashvili sends tearful message to Ukrainian president after losing citizenship

President Poroshenko has cancelled the Ukrainian citizenship of Mikheil Saakashvili right who had already lost his Georgian passport

President Poroshenko has cancelled the Ukrainian citizenship of Mikheil Saakashvili right who had already lost his Georgian passport

Saakashvili, president of Georgia for almost a decade until 2013, is wanted on charges of abuse of office, claims that he has denounced as politically motivated. In 2015, Saakashvili was stripped of his Georgian citizenship due to receiving a Ukrainian passport.

Poroshenko's administration did not immediately comment on the decision to strip Saakashvili of his citizenship. He further said the extradition of Saakashvili, who faces several charges in Georgia, depends on the request from Georgia's Government.

"Saakashvili's fate is surprising: a Georgian citizen, the Georgian president, an individual stripped of Georgian citizenship, a Ukrainian citizen, the Ukrainian president's friend, the governor of the Odessa region, a person stripped of Ukrainian citizenship", the Russian premier noted. 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.

"Poroshenko made a decision to deprive me of my citizenship in an underhanded way, while I am out of the country!" The same was stated by Saakashvili on his Facebook page, where he wrote that if Poroshenko accepted his extradition it would be the violation of Ukrainian and global laws.

"Their secret meeting lasted more than two hours and was nearly entirely about me", Saakashvili wrote.

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Saakashvili was in the USA when news of the loss of his Ukrainian citizenship broke, he said on Facebook. But relations between the two men soured and Saakashvili resigned last November, citing opposition to reform, and set up a new political party.

"This is the stupidest thing that could have been thought up - a sign of weakness that reflects badly on the president of Ukraine", he said in a post on Facebook that was shared by Saakashvili.

Saakashvili's stint in Ukrainian politics began during the "EuroMaidan" protests in Kiev in against the regime of Yanukovich.

MNF has been campaigning for early parliamentary elections. A June survey by Ukrainian group Rating gave the party only 2 percent support, while Poroshenko's bloc was on six percent.

Political analyst Vladimir Fesenko said the move showed Poroshenko was under pressure both from Georgia and from powerful political forces within Ukraine.