Saakashvili says his arrest in Ukraine joint FSB, SBU operation, and Putin practically confirmed this
Georgia's ex-president and leader of the New Forces Movement political party Mikheil Saakashvili has said the case against him and his arrest in Ukraine is a joint operation of Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB) and Ukraine's Security Service (SBU), something that Russian President Vladimir Putin has practically confirmed.
"Putin cannot forget me! Doesn't it seem deliberate that his arguments completely correspond with the thoughts and terms used by officials on Bankova Street [the Ukrainian presidential administration] in Kyiv? I am sure that the 'case' against me and my arrest are the result of a joint FSB/SBU operation. Believe me, because I have enough experience behind me to not simply make up such a statement. And Putin practically confirmed this today," Saakashvili said on his Facebook page on Thursday.
He said Putin is fine with the current situation in Ukraine and does not want to change it.
"But he hates me and is afraid of me the way the devil fears holy water," the politician said.
Russian media on Thursday reported that Putin during his annual press conference described Saakashvili's actions in Ukraine as a spit in the face of the Ukrainian and Georgian peoples.
"I think that what Saakashvili is doing is a spit in the face of the Georgian people and the Ukrainian people," Putin said.
According to the Russian president, Saakashvili previously was president of an independent country and now "carries on in Ukraine on that nation's squares and screams to the entire world that he is a Ukrainian.