Ex-President Saakashvili pledges to tour Ukraine

Ex-President Saakashvili pledges to tour Ukraine

Former Georgian president and ex-governor of Ukraine’s Odessa region, Mikheil Saakashvili vows to tour Ukraine starting from the capital Kyiv. He added he is not going to join any political forces, Georgia Today reports.

At present Saakashvili is in Lviv, where he came from Poland after crossing the border with his supporters on September 10, despite the fact that he had been stripped his Ukrainian citizenship by the President Petro Poroshenko in July.

Kyiv Post reports that border guards came to Lviv’s Leopolis hotel on Tuesday, where Saakashvili was staying, to hand him charges concerning an administrative offense – illegal crossing of the border. Such an offense is punishable with a fine or detention of up to 15 days.

Saakashvili denied committing an administrative offense, adding he had legally passed through the Polish checkpoint and was on Ukrainian territory when he was carried by his supporters through the Ukrainian checkpoint, and that is why his arrival in Ukraine cannot be considered as illegal.