Saakashvili plans to change situation in both Georgia and Ukraine

Saakashvili plans to change situation in both Georgia and Ukraine

Saakashvili plans to change situation in both Georgia and Ukraine

Ukrainian oppositionist Mikhail Saakashvili has arrived in the Netherlands, the homeland of his wife, after being denied entry to Poland from Ukraine.

His lawyer Oscar Hammerstein told national broadcaster NOS that Saakashvili was now in Rotterdam to arrange his settlement in the Netherlands, which was approved by the Dutch Immigration and Naturalization Service.

He vowed to continue encouraging Ukrainians to stand up to authorities he considers "corrupt elites".

The Dutch justice ministry has said it will allow ex-Georgian president to stay on the basis of family reunification.

"It is, like always, good to be here", Saakashvili said to the NOS. We will see how long I stay'. "I am here in the Netherlands because of what happened in Ukraine".

After serving as president of Georgia for 10 years, Saakashvili was appointed as the governor of Ukraine's southern Odessa region by Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko in 2015 but he resigned the following year.

In the months since Poroshenko reversed his executive order that granted Saakashvili Ukrainian citizenship, the latter has attempted to paint Poroshenko as a worse alternative to his predecessor, pro-Russian President Viktor Yanukovych, who was toppled following the 2014 Euromaidan Revolution.

At a news conference in Warsaw, Saakashvili described his detention in Kiev by armed, masked men and immediate ejection to neighboring Poland as a violation of worldwide laws. He has since criticized Poroshenko for failing to stem corruption and led anti-government protests. According to Ukraine, Saakashvili was on Ukrainian territory illegally and therefore had to return to the country from which he had arrived.

Saakashvili is also wanted in Georgia on abuse of power and corruption charges.

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