Saakashvili still ready to head Ukrainian government
Former Georgian president, former Odesa regional governor and leader of the Movement of New Forces party, Mikheil Saakashvili, has said he does not have presidential ambitions in Ukraine, but is ready to take charge of the Cabinet of Ministers.
"I am ready to assume responsibility in a normal Ukrainian government. I will never run for president of Ukraine under any sauce," Saakashvili said live on the ZIK television channel late on Tuesday, December 12.
Explaining his position, the politician said that, in his opinion, only a Ukrainian who was born and grew up in Ukraine should be the head of the Ukrainian state.
"I have lived for more than 13 years in Ukraine, but Ukrainians with experience should be presidents, and different people can work in the government, depending on the needs of Ukraine," he said.
At the same time, he said that he had earlier received proposals from Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko to head the Ukrainian government, but he refused categorically.
"He always hinted, probably, to [People's Front leader and former Prime Minister Arseniy] Yatseniuk all the time that I will be the next prime minister, but when I found out that he hinted, I said: 'Petro Oleksiyovych, do you really say this?' He says: 'Why not?' I said: 'No!'" Saakashvili said.
In addition, when asked whether he will go to the Prosecutor General's Office on Monday, December 18, for questioning, Saakashvili said: "Yes, I will."