Saakashvili’s appointment not against Georgia
Tbilisi, Georgia, Feb. 17
By Nana Kirtzkhalia - Trend:
Ukraine is an independent state and has the right to make those decisions which it considers necessary, Ukraine's Ambassador to Georgia Vasyl Tsybenko told reporters in Tbilisi on Feb. 16.
He was commenting on the appointment of Georgia's internationally wanted ex-president, Mikheil Saakashvili, as the chairman of Ukraine's international advisory board on reforms.
"To understand what is taking place in Ukraine, it is necessary to proceed from the fact that Ukraine is a sovereign independent state and can make those decisions it deems necessary. Eventually, it is our internal affair," said Tsybenko.
"The president, appointing Mikheil Saakashvili his adviser, proceeded from national interests of Ukraine," the diplomat added. "He took into account the extensive experience of Georgia's ex-president in reforms, army modernization, attracting foreign investment, and so on."
"Ukraine's president is sure this decision is not aimed against Georgia and Georgian people, and it is not an obstacle for the development of multilateral relations," he added.
The ambassador also said the court had not ruled against Saakashvili, and he, as any other person, has the presumption of innocence.