10:15 13.11.2017

Groysman plans to visit Georgia

Groysman plans to visit Georgia

Prime Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Groysman has said that he intends to pay an official visit to Georgia in the near future.

"As a prime minister, I will come to Georgia for the first time," he said in an interview with the Georgian Imedi TV on Sunday, noting that this visit will take place soon.

At a meeting in Kyiv, in March, Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili invited his Ukrainian counterpart to visit Tbilisi. Kvirikashvili invited Groysman to take part in the forum dedicated to the new 'Silk Road', which will be held in Tbilisi in November.

Speaking about the possibility of extradition to Georgia of former President Mikheil Saakashvili, Groysman said that everything should be within the law in this issue. "As far as I know, Georgia has made such a request. Ukraine will do everything that is implied by the law. And I can not say anything about specific decisions. There are mandatory procedures. The main thing is that everything should be within the law," Groysman said.

Commenting on the recent protests in Kyiv with the participation of Saakashvili's party New Forces Movement, including the tent city near the building of the Verkhovna Rada, Groysman said that he considers this as another attempt of Saakashvili to draw attention to himself.

Recalling the recent events when Saakashvili broke through Poland to Ukraine across the border, Groysman said that "the Ukrainians gave these actions a very negative assessment."

"If you want to ask me about Mikheil Saakashvili, whom I know well enough for many years, I can say that we had high hopes for him. We thought that a person who has a good biography will hold a master class for us, show his organizational and reform opportunities. And I really wanted to see it. Then I was the chairman of the parliament, but it did not happen," the Ukrainian PM said.

According to him, the effectiveness of Saakashvili as chairman of Odesa regional state administration, "unfortunately, was very, very low." "I do not know, maybe he lost certain skills. He was not ready to make decisions. It's difficult to assess, but I did not personally see his effectiveness for a year and a half and was disappointed," Groysman said.

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