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 When people brought me in their arms to Ukraine, I left my passport on the bus. Police came, searched it, and stole my document, - Saakashvili

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Leader of Rukh Novykh Syl party, former Odesa governor and ex-president of Georgia Mikheil Saakashvili said Ukrainian law enforcers took away his passport as they searched the bus that he used to cross the Polish-Ukrainian border.

Saakashvili told a briefing in Lviv, Censor.NET reports citing Interfax-Ukraine.

"I crossed the Polish border yesterday with the Ukrainian document, Poles put a stamp in it, and I came to Ukrainians and gave them my passport, as required by the law, for them to accept it or reject, but they said "We are not going to take your document"," Saakashvili said.

He said he offered the State Border Service employees to accept his statement of recognizing him a person who requires additional protection.

"When people, without asking me, brought me in their arms to Ukraine, I left my passport on the bus. Police came, searched it, and stole my document. Now they have it," the politician said.

He offered the press "to make their own conclusions" on the situation of his passport disappearance.

Read more: "A crime has been committed. I don't care who violates the border - militants in the east or politicos in the west. Strict legal responsibility is required," - Poroshenko

As reported, Saakashvili decided to enter Ukraine on Sept. 10 by train to avoid turmoil at Krakovets border crossing point. Intercity train from Przemysl to Kyiv was supposed to leave at 1:07 p.m. yesterday but was delayed for several hours. Some sources reported the train was delayed by law enforcers, but police soon disproved the reports. In its turn, Ukraine's major railway carrier Ukrzaliznytsia explained the delay in schedule by presence of a person on board who had no grounds to enter Ukraine.

Saakashvili subsequently arrived at Shehyni border crossing point where his supporters breached across the Ukrainian border and brought the politician and his delegation onto territory of Ukraine.

Read more: Saakashvili: "I am returning to Ukraine. I will arrive on Sept. 10"

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.

On Sept. 5, Deputy Justice Minister for European Integration Serhii Petukhov announced that the Ministry of Justice of Ukraine received a request from the Georgian Prosecutor General's Office to arrest and extradite former Georgian President, ex-head of the Odesa regional state administration Mikheil Saakashvili.
 
 
 
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