Governor of Odessa Oblast Mikheil Saakashvili does not consider himself as a “guest actor” in Ukraine and is not going to leave the country.
In his press response to Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk, who called him a “guest actor” and urged him to go away from Ukraine, Saakashvili said: “I am proud to have a passport of Ukraine. This passport is not just a paper but my obligation to the Ukrainian people. There are hundreds of Georgian volunteers fighting for Ukraine in Donbass. They don’t want you to give them either money or passports. Will you call them ‘guest actors’ as well? The two Georgians killed at Maidan – were they also ‘guest actors’? They were not and we are not,” Saakashvili said.
“I am not going to leave Ukraine. Nor am I going to let you rob the country any longer. I will do my best to ensure progress in Ukraine. I hope that my compatriots will support me. Together we will be able to do all we want to do,” Saakashvili said.
“By saying that the prime minister and some of his comrades were involved in the corrupt schemes applied at the Odessa portside plant, I stepped on their toes. I have no doubts that Mr. Yatsenyuk has a hand in those schemes and I will not let them rob the country I love so much,” Saakashvili said.
As EADaily reported earlier, on Dec 14, Saakashvili had a quarrel with Ukraine’s Interior Minister Arsen Avakov. Avakov threw a glass of water at Saakashvili, while Yatsenyuk called him a “guest actor.”
Saakashvili demands publishing the video of the incident for the Ukrainian people to know who their rulers are.