28 March 2023,   15:38
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It is possible that the people who planned my return to Georgia in October 2021 were spies of Russia - Mikheil Saakashvili

The Government of Georgia is a useful tool for Russia to avoid international sanctions. Such a statement Mikheil Saakashvili made in an interview with the German magazine Spiegel.

“Apart from Russia, no other country in the world recognized the charges or judgments against me. I wanted to return to Georgia, but the timing was bad - so close to the start of Russia’s war against Ukraine. It is possible that the people who planned my return to Georgia in October 2021 were spies of Russia...

To tell the truth, the country of my birth has become a secret ally of [Vladimir] Putin for a long time.

What is happening with me is a clear “message” to Ukrainian President. He [Volodymyr Zelensky] refused to leave the country at the beginning of Russia’s aggression, as I did when the Russian military invaded Georgia in 2008...

We in Georgia were punished for our successful reforms then, just as Zelensky is now paying for his anti-oligarchic policies. I was honored to be a part of those policies.

I have already played a role in the history of this country and I was incredibly lucky to have the opportunity to work with Zelensky, whom I see as the leader of the free world. In contrast, it is very sad to see how Georgia is becoming a secret ally of the Kremlin in this war”, - said the former president of Georgia.

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