Former Georgian President and ex-governor of Ukraine’s Odessa region, Mikheil Saakashvili, who lost his Ukrainian citizenship last month, may enter the East European country only after receiving a visa, Ukraine’s senior prosecutor said on Friday.
“Any actions involving … an illegal border crossing give absolute legal grounds for bringing him to administrative sanctions,” Deputy Prosecutor General Eugene Enin wrote on Facebook.
On July 26, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko revoked Saakashvili’s Ukrainian citizenship over allegedly submitting false information while applying for a passport.
Saakashvili, 49, who served as Georgian president from 2008 to 2013, was granted Ukrainian citizenship in May 2015 and was appointed as governor of Ukraine’s southern Odessa region.
The politician, who has been abroad since mid-July, refused to accept the loss of his Ukrainian citizenship, saying that he would fight for the right to return to Ukraine.
In November 2016, Saakashvili resigned as Odessa’s regional head citing alleged corruption in Ukraine’s governing bodies. Three months later, he formally established a new political party under his leadership in Ukraine