Saakashvili still fears Putin
The former Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili, who flew to Kiev to support EuroMaidan, called the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin a malapert and a raider.
“I think what we see in Kiуv is Vladimir Putin’s raider attack on Ukrainian statehood”, he said.
Saakashvili flew from Warsaw with representatives of the European People’s Party “to show solidarity with the European choice of Ukraine”. At the same time, Saakashvili stressed that he arrived as a private person, on economy-class aircraft.
«I think that Vladimir Putin does not hide what he wants. He said that the destruction of the Soviet Union was the greatest geopolitical catastrophe of the 20th century. He came up with the Eurasian Union and the Customs Union for this very reason”, Saakashvili said.
When asked whether his presence at EuroMaшdan discredits the right to peaceful protest by the fact that, as a president, Saakashvili used water cannons to disperse a peaceful protest of citizens in Georgia, the former President replied as follows:
“In 2007, after we implemented a radical reform, a lot of people took to the streets — tens of thousands of people were out of work because we shut down many bureaucratic institutions, many people were stripped of their privileges, many people were unable to take bribes anymore. There were people who were unjustly offended, they took to the streets, and I resigned and appointed new elections. I resigned, reducing my presidential term by a year, and this was a response of a democrat”.
Notoriously, Saakashvili called those peaceful demonstrations in Georgia «democratic movement in principle, even with presence of non-democratic elements financially supported by Russia”.
Answering the clarifying question of a correspondent on whether Saakashvili understands Yanukovych, who allegedly dispersed EuroMaidan in early hours of December 1, the former President of Georgia only thanked for the question. After this, Saakashvili noted that he “always had a good business-like relationship with President Yanukovych”, and that he was ready to contact with him now.
At the same time, the former Georgian President contradicted himself saying that it was none of his business to interfere in the internal affairs of Ukraine:
«It is not our business to demand anything in Ukraine, we did not come here to support a particular politician or political party, although we have partner relations with the parties involved in the actions (Udar, Svoboda, BYT — the Editor’s note).»
At the same time, Saakashvili said that “Ukraine can become a European superpower”.
Today, the Foreign Ministry of Georgia noted that Saakashvili’s statement does not express the position of the country. This was stated by Maya Panjikidze, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic.
“Saakashvili’s statements, speeches, etc. do not reflect the government’s position on any particular issue”, said Panjikidze.