Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has announced at a briefing in Truskavets, Ukraine today that he will work to bring Ukrainian citizen and former Georgian president Mikheil Saakashvili, currently detained in Georgia, back to Ukraine using "various means".
As the president of Ukraine, I am constantly engaged in returning Ukrainian citizens home with the various opportunities that I have, and which were given to me by the authorities. Saakashvili is a citizen of Ukraine, so this concerns him as well", Zelensky said.
He said that 'all institutions', including the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the embassies operating in Georgia and Ukraine, will deal with the issue of Saakashvili's return. Also, his return will be discussed by the cabinet of ministers of the countries and prime ministers.
Saakashvili announced on September 28 that he was going to return to Georgia on October 2, the day when the municipal elections were to be held in the country.
Saakashvili wrote on his Facebook page that he arrived in Georgia in the morning of October 1.
In the evening of the same day, Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili announced Saakashvili's arrest. The former president was taken to Prison No. 5 in the city of Rustavi, outside Tbilisi.