Another Georgian native gets Ukrainian citizenship, high post in Ukraine's national police
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has signed a decree giving Ukrainian citizenship to Giorgi Grigalashvili, who previously headed the Georgian patrol police.
"You have demonstrated a result in the reform of the Georgian law enforcement system, you have to demonstrate it in Ukraine, too. I hope for your professionalism and decency," Poroshenko said while signing the decree, the Ukrainian presidential press service reported on Sunday.
According to the presidential administration, Grigalashvili will head up the internal security department of the Ukrainian national police, which will detect violations by the police and react to them, and also fight corruption in the National Police.
Khatia Dekanoidze, who has recently been appointed head of the Ukrainian National Police who was present at the meeting, said: "Our main task is to pass the experience we have accumulated to Ukrainians." She said all people who will be subsequently appointed to the agency she leads will be Ukrainian.
Dekanoidze called Grigalashvili the driving force of Georgia's law enforcement system reform and one of the people who created the National Police in Ukraine. He led the Tbilisi patrol police in 2004-2006 and led the Georgian patrol police in 2006-2012.
"I am confident that the Ukrainian police will be regarded one of the best in Europe in several years," Grigalashvili said.
Khatia Dekanoidze, the former education minister of Georgia, was appointed head of the Ukrainian National Police on November 4. Dekanoidze was 24 when she started working in the team of reformers of Mikheil Saakashvili, who was then president of Georgia, and led the admiration of the Georgian Security Council. Later she was appointed education minister and also headed a police academy. She was an adviser to Interior Minister Arsen Avakov in Ukraine before being appointed head of the National Police.