MOSCOW, October 21 – The actions of ex-President of Georgia Mikhail Saakashvili, including the story of his return and subsequent statements, do not benefit Georgia, a diplomatic source in Moscow said.
“As (press secretary of the President of the Russian Federation – ed.) Dmitry Peskov said, everything connected with Saakashvili looks more like a circus. I don’t think that what he is doing there works for the benefit of Georgia,” the source said. in response to a request to comment on the latest developments around the ex-president of Georgia in connection with his return to the country. At the same time, the source noted that everything that happens is an internal affair of Georgia.
“Therefore, first of all, the Georgian authorities must decide for themselves to what extent they perceive these latest actions of Mikhail Saakashvili, but, as I understand it, since he was detained, this is the very reaction that he received in Tbilisi,” the source added. …
Saakashvili was detained in Georgia on October 1. He returned to his homeland on the eve of local elections. The day before, the Georgian prosecutor’s office told in detail about the route of ex-President Mikhail Saakashvili from Ukraine to Georgia: he traveled in a trailer with dairy products.
Three people have already been arrested in the case of illegal crossing of the Saakashvili border in Georgia: the driver of the trailer, Elguja Tsomaya, and two employees of the port of Poti. On Wednesday, the country’s Interior Ministry announced the arrest of the fourth person involved in the case.
At home, Saakashvili is undergoing several criminal cases. The ex-president was convicted in absentia of the murder of banker Sandro Girgvliani and the beating of deputy Valery Gelashvili. In the first case, Saakashvili was sentenced to three years in prison, in the second – to six. In addition, he is involved in the cases of dispersal of the opposition rally on November 7, 2007, the pogrom of the Imedi TV company and the embezzlement of funds from the state budget – they are still being considered by the courts. Saakashvili himself, after being arrested, wrote a letter to the President of Ukraine Zelensky, in which he called himself “Putin’s personal prisoner.”
Press secretary of the Russian President Dmitry Peskov, commenting on the situation with the return of the ex-president to Georgia after an eight-year break, told reporters that “where Saakashvili is, there is a circus.”