The expulsion of Mikheil Saakashvili was a personal request of Petro Poroshenko, says political scientist Alexei Kochetkov. Photo: UNIAN
Exclusion Mikheil Saakashvili it was a personal wish Petro Poroshenko. But this President made a mistake, he said in comments Gazeta.ua the analyst Alexei Kochetkov.
“Saakashvili was a former friend, and now became a personal enemy Poroshenko. Wishes to expel was a long time ago. Nobody wanted to do it in the power of evil is almost none. All perfectly understand that it is not legal – actions of the border service in Kiev and not within the boundary. There were accusations from the Prosecutor General, film, suspicion. Saakashvili participated in the coup attempt – a serious crime. And actually it is help in the evasion of justice. In the end Poroshenko succeeded”, – says the expert.
“Unfortunately, Saakashvili will spoil the international image of Ukraine. To draw attention to other investigations. Will be more efficient and sensitive for the authorities, if will be in Europe. Because, as organizer of the protests, it is not effective.
Poroshenko made a mistake, because personal interests took precedence over political calculations. Saakashvili had to keep.
The situation with the protests looks 50: 50: unable to subside, when you lose such a bright speaker, or come to life – if new, forward-looking, not tainted leaders,” – said Kochetkov.
On 12 February, border guards detained the ex-the Governor of Odessa region, Saakashvili in the capital’s restaurant. Charter flight he was taken to Poland on the readmission procedure.