Saakashvili's extradition not 'subject of discussion' between Kyiv, Tbilisi – Ukrainian ambassador in Georgia
Ukrainian Ambassador in Georgia Ihor Dolhov has ruled out the possibility of a discussion of former Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili's extradition to his homeland during Ukrainian Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman's ongoing official visit to Tbilisi.
"He [Saakashvili] is a private individual now and this cannot be a subject of discussion in official negotiations," Dolhov told reporters, answering a relevant question on Monday.
Saakashvili is not the only opposition leader in either Ukraine or Georgia, the ambassador said.
"If you have questions regarding the former Georgian president, you should ask him, not me. We see no problem in it, he continues his presence in Ukraine, as well as his political activities, which, frankly speaking, aren't very popular," the diplomat said.
Georgian Justice Minister Tea Tsulukiani told reporters earlier that this September, the Georgian Chief Prosecutor's Office confirmed for its Ukrainian colleagues that the request for Saakashvili's extradition sent to Kyiv as far back as two years ago remains valid.
Saakashvili is charged with abuse of office and massive embezzlement in Georgia. The former Georgian president said he believes all charges brought against him are politically motivated and are lacking in documentary support.