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Due to Saakashvili's condition, Ukrainian Foreign Ministry sent Georgian Ambassador off to Tbilisi

Tuesday, 4 July 2023, 12:21
Due to Saakashvili's condition, Ukrainian Foreign Ministry sent Georgian Ambassador off to Tbilisi

The Georgian Ambassador to Ukraine was summoned to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and asked to return to Tbilisi "for consultations" because of the condition of prisoner Mikheil Saakashvili.

Source: Ukrainian Foreign Ministry, writes European Pravda.

On 4 February, Georgian Ambassador Giorgi Zakarashvili was summoned to the Foreign Ministry on behalf of the president of Ukraine, where Zelenskyy expressed a strong protest after seeing the deterioration of the condition of prisoner Saakashvili, a citizen of Ukraine.  


"The Georgian diplomat was told that such an attitude towards Mikheil Saakashvili is unacceptable. The Georgian authorities must stop the abuse of a Ukrainian citizen. In this regard, Georgian Ambassador to Ukraine Giorgi Zakarashvili was invited to return to Tbilisi for consultations to resolve the current situation," the diplomatic department said.

The Ukrainian side stressed its readiness to immediately discuss the issue of transporting Mikheil Saakashvili to Ukraine for treatment and care.

Note, on 3 July, the imprisoned ex-president of Georgia, Mikheil Saakashvili, participated in a court session for the first time since February via a video connection from the Vivamed clinic. He looks highly emaciated.

After that, Zelenskyy said Russia was "killing Ukrainian citizen Mikheil Saakashvili with the hands of the Georgian authorities" and explained what Ukraine’s reaction would be

It should be noted that the procedure chosen by Kyiv is not typical for international relations. A state may "recall for consultation" its own ambassador, but not the ambassador of another state.

But Kyiv can expel the ambassador of another state as a tough demarche – for example, declare him persona non grata or deprive him of accreditation. However, Zelenskyy decided not to apply this tough step and proposed a procedure that has no official name or rules.

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