15:20 08.08.2017

Ukrainian Border Guard Service says it won't allow Saakashvili into country

Ukrainian Border Guard Service says it won't allow Saakashvili into country

If ex-president of Georgia and former governor of the Odesa Regional State Administration Mikheil Saakashvili tries to cross the Ukrainian border, his Ukrainian passport will be seized by the border guards, and he himself will not be allowed to enter the territory of Ukraine, first deputy head of the Ukrainian State Border Guard Service Vasyl Servatiuk has said.

"The State Border Guard Service has the Ukrainian president's decree [on terminating Saakashvili's Ukrainian citizenship] and State Migration Service instructions at its disposal. The decree and the instructions deem the said documents invalid, and if such documents are detected, we are tasked with seizing them, filing out the relevant forms and forwarding them to the State Migration Service," Servatiuk said speaking with activists of the Movement of New Forces party (founded by Saakashvili) near the State Border Guard Service headquarters on Tuesday.

If a border guard performing his border control duties comes across Saakashvili's Ukrainian passport or another document listed in the database as invalid, he will act in keeping with the established algorithm, he said.

"The passport will be confiscated, a certificate on its confiscation will be issued, and the person will not be allowed to cross the border as someone who has no documents entitling them to cross the border," he said.

It was reported on July 26, 2017, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko had issued a decree depriving Saakashvili of Ukrainian citizenship. The presidential office explained that Saakashvili's citizenship had been revoked after it had turned out that he had mentioned incorrect information in his application for Ukrainian citizenship. The Commission on Citizenship Issues under the President of Ukraine voted for the termination of Saakashvili's citizenship and recommended that the president take an appropriate decision.

The State Migration Service of Ukraine said on its website that materials concerning Saakashvili had been submitted by the Prosecutor General's Office of Ukraine.

On August 4 it became known that Saakashvili arrived in Poland. On August 7, Saakashvili said that he had unimpeded access to Poland with the Ukrainian passport. The former Georgian president was invited to Warsaw to take part in the celebration of the 73rd anniversary of the Warsaw Uprising. Saakashvili also said that he had met with Ukrainians working in Poland.

On August 8, Polish Radio ZET reported that Saakashvili had left Poland.

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