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Zelenskiy reinstates Georgian ex-leader Saakashvili’s Ukrainian citizenship


Ukraine’s newly sworn-in President Volodymyr Zelenskiy on Tuesday reinstated former Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili’s Ukrainian citizenship.
Zelenskiy’s predecessor Petro Poroshenko stripped his former-ally-turned-rival of his Ukrainian citizenship in 2017 after the two men fell out.
Poroshenko granted Ukrainian citizenship to Saakashvili, who was president of Georgia in 2004-2007 and 2008-2014, and in 2015 appointed him as the governor of the Odessa region. But Saakashvili resigned from the role in 2016 and accused Poroshenko of “personally supporting” corruption.
Following Tuesday’s presidential decree, Saakashvili thanked Zelenskiy in a YouTube video and said he believed in Ukraine, signing off with: “Until we meet in Kiev tomorrow.” …read more

Source: European Voice

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