Ukraine is heading into mass protests against the incumbent authorities, Mikhail Saakashvili, who is a former president of Georgia and simultaneously a former governor of Ukraine's Odessa region, said on Tuesday at a news conference in Warsaw, APA reports quoting TASS.
He has already been successively stripped of both his Georgian and Ukrainian nationalities, rendering him stateless.
Saakashvili was arrested in a Georgian restaurant in Kiev on February 12, taken to the city's main global airport and immediately shipped to Poland, the country from which he had illegally returned to Ukraine in September 2017 by breaking through a border checkpoint with the help of his supporters, after being stripped of his Ukrainian citizenship by Poroshenko in July.
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"I will return to Ukraine, because I have a legitimate right to live there".
He then became an outspoken critic of the Ukrainian president and accused him of corruption.
On September 10, 2017, he entered Ukraine without passing border control.
But it is supported by less than two percent of the population, according to a recent poll. Saakashvili said. "They rank me among the criminals, don't they?"More news: Notre Dame's appeal denied; NCAA upholds decision to vacate 21 football wins
"This person was on Ukrainian territory illegally and therefore, in compliance with all legal procedures, he was returned to the country from where he arrived", Ukrainian border service spokesman Oleh Slobodyan said.
The arrest could have a "negative impact" on Poroshenko's image overseas, said Sergiy Solodkyi, deputy director of the Kiev-based New Europe think-tank.
In 2014, former Georgian Prime Minister Vano Merabishvili was also sentenced to three years for abusing his powers.
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Saakashvili said in Warsaw he wanted to visit the Netherlands next "to see my sons", who like his wife are Dutch citizens. Saakashvili told Dutch national broadcaster NOS on Wednesday he was there "because of what happened in Ukraine... but obviously it's a country I come to very often anyway".