Ukrainian prosecutors: Saakashvili needs visa to enter Ukraine

Ukrainian prosecutors: Saakashvili needs visa to enter Ukraine

Former Georgian president and ex-governor of Ukraine’s Odessa region, Mikheil Saakashvili, will need a Ukrainian visa to enter the country, Ukrainian Deputy Prosecutor General Yevgeny Yenin said.

"The entry into Ukraine by Saakashvili (now a stateless person, if any information about him having passports of third states proves to be wrong) is possibly only after him obtaining a visa," Yenin wrote on his Facebook page.

He added that the inability to enter Ukraine to attend court hearings regarding his citizenship is not a violation of Saakashvili's right for fair trial.

"The right to enter a foreign country is not enshrined by the Convention [on Human Rights]. A plaintiff can find a legal representative to defend his interests," TASS cited Yenin as saying.

He has been stripped of his Ukrainian citizenship in late July for "consciously presenting untrue information and false documents," according to an official statement placed on the website of the state migration service.

Currently, according to Saakashvili, he is touring European countries with the Ukrainian passport. The former Georgian president also noted that he had not had any problems with both leaving the US and arriving in Europe.