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 "I must get Ukrainian citizenship back," - Saakashvili says he will not gain Lithuanian citizenship

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Former President of Georgia and former governor of the Odesa region in Ukraine Mikheil Saakashvili announced in Vilnius he was not going to gain Lithuanian citizenship, although he feels thankful for this proposal made by some Lithuanian politicians.

Censor.NET reports citing Interfax-Ukraine.

Answering a question by BSN agency on him gaining Lithuanian citizenship, Saakashvili said:

"No, I must get my Ukrainian citizenship back, for it was taken away illegally. Many Ukrainians are outraged, and they will feel abandoned if I do not fight for them," he said.

Saakashvili said he is still able to travel as he has a Ukrainian passport, and promised to protect his rights for the Ukrainian citizenship in the country's courts.

Former president and governor intends to leave Vilnius on Tuesday.

Read more: "I will demand my legal right to return to Ukraine!" - Saakashvili

On July 26, President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko signed a decree that deprived former Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili, leader of Rukh Novykh Syl party, of his Ukrainian citizenship.
 
 
 
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