Saakashvili needs to respect the country that gave him shelter

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Analysis & Opinion

Article by: Vitaly Portnikov

Saakashvili has every right to defend his political reputation and rights, but he needs to learn to place the interests of the state above his personal ambitions and to respect the country that gave him shelter at a difficult time for him.

The former president of Georgia Mikheil Saakashvili has every reason to be indignant at the revocation of his Ukrainian citizenship. Citizenship in a civilized country can never be an instrument in political games. And this applies both  to the process of its granting as to the process of its revocation.

The decision by Georgian authorities to strip the former Georgian president of his Georgian citizenship, as well the decision by the Ukrainian leadership to strip the former head of the Odesa Oblast administration of his Ukrainian citizenship, should be considered not only from the legal but also from the political point of view. As should the well-known attempt by Saakashvili himself to deprive Bidzina Ivanishvili of his Georgian citizenship, a decision that was later annulled by the Supreme Court of Georgia. Passport manipulations are unattractive always and everywhere.

However, Saakashvili’s indignation must not be transformed into attempts to harm the country whose citizen he wishes to remain and which he claims to love. There is no other way to portray  the statement of the former Georgian president that Donald Trump is right on the question of Ukraine’s alleged interference in the US presidential elections.

Saakashvili even speaks of “dirty games begun by certain  Ukrainian oligarchic circles.” At the same time, he cannot fail to know that the only politician who, during the US election campaign, revealed really significant information about bonuses paid by the Party of Regions to Trump’s campaign manager Paul Manafort was Saakashvili’s closest ally Serhiy Leshchenko.

And the only agency that has confirmed this information was NABU (Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine)– an agency headed by Artem Sytnuk, who has been repeatedly supported by Saakashvili and where Saakashvili’s associate Gizo Uglava also works. Are these people really pawns in “dirty oligarchic games”? And if such a statement is not treasonous then what is treason?

Saakashvili probably thinks that this way he gets even with Poroshenko — but he takes his revenge on Ukraine. Saakashvili probably thinks that this way he will draw Trump’s attention — but in his egocentrism he threatens American support for Ukraine.

When he speaks about the price that Ukraine supposedly must pay for the “incompetence of its leaders and dirty games” does he know that this price will be paid not by Poroshenko and not even by Leshchenko. It will be paid by ordinary Ukrainians who are defending their country and who need support — first of all, military support.

Saakashvili has every right to defend his political reputation and rights — both in the courts and the media. But he needs to learn to place the interests of the state above his own ambitions and to respect the country that gave him shelter at a difficult time for him — even if he has quarreled with the president of that country.

Translated by: Anna Mostovych
Source: Espreso TV

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  • Screwdriver

    Portnikov calls Poroshenko`s move…getting rid of the opponent ,”interests of the state “..yes, ? Really ?

    • MichaelA

      fair question

  • Ihor Dawydiak

    Perhaps it is high time that individuals such as Saakashvili should take note of the immortal words of former US President Abraham Lincoln; “A house divided against itself cannot stand”. This declaration should also be more than self evident in the time of war.

    • MichaelA

      that applies to portnikov
      not to saakashvili
      calling out corruption is the right thing to do
      not protecting the corrupt

      • Ihor Dawydiak

        To be perfectly fair, there has been fault with both Saakashvili and Poroshenko. The Ukrainian President was wrong in cancelling Saakashvili’s Ukrainian citizenship and he also deserved criticism for not being more aggressive in tackling corruption. As for Saakashvili, he too was wrong in making accusations of corruption without providing legitimate evidence to substantiate his allegations. The former Georgian President has also been noted as not being a team player whose primary motivation in politics was the advancement of his own particular career. To make matters even worse these types of negative characteristics could be found in far too many Ukrainian politicians. That in turn could never be described as a positive example of nation building.

        • http://www.krantvannederland.nl/ Cees Boogaart

          thats the main objective of every politician

      • Eddy Verhaeghe

        ‘portnikov defends the payments to manafort by pro-kremlin party of regions’

        Portnikov doesn’t do anything of the sort.

  • MichaelA

    portnikov attacks leschchenko for blowing the whistle on payments to manafort by the party of regions
    and portnikov attacks the NABU for the same reason
    looks like portnikov has drunk the kremlin kool aid

    • Screwdriver

      zrada

    • Eddy Verhaeghe

      MichaelA,

      Your assertion
      ‘portnikov attacks leschchenko for blowing the whistle on payments to manafort by the party of regions
      and portnikov attacks the NABU for the same reason’
      is wrong.

      Portnikov only points out that Saakashvili’s friends were instrumental in bringing certain things to light. Thus Portnikov implies that Saakashvili and his friends were involved in these so-called ‘dirty games’.against Trump.

      Nothing more, nothing less. So Saakashvili is not only hurting Ukraine, but also himself with what he is doing.

      And what you are doing is spinning the whole story in such a way that it puts Portnikov in a bad light…

  • zorbatheturk

    With no citizenship anywhere, this guy may end up stuck in a transit lounge at an airport for the rest of his life, eating leftover Burger King. Maybe he has a Tongan passport up his sleeve.

  • Screwdriver

    “гражданство україни це як бутерброд з колбасою – захотів дав, захотів забрав”

  • laker48

    Poroashenko, Avakov and other corrupt Ukrainian politician will eventually pay dearly for their corruption, perhaps sooner than they expect. The Trump administration keeps watching them.