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2017.08.09 11:05

Saakashvili joins a protest outside Russian Embassy in Vilnius

Algirdas Acus2017.08.09 11:05

Georgia’s ex-President Saakashvili attended a protest nearby Russian embassy in Vilnius, on Tuesday, to commemorate the ninth anniversary of Russo-Georgian war.

Georgia’s ex-President Saakashvili attended a protest nearby Russian embassy in Vilnius, on Tuesday, to commemorate the ninth anniversary of Russo-Georgian war.

Since the war, Russia continues to occupy regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia, in violation of the ceasefire agreement of August 2008. Mikheil Saakashvili who was the president of Georgia during Russian aggression thanked Lithuania for the support he got back then.
 

‘Either we are all together, or they will get us one by one’, said Saakashvili reacting to recent Ukrainia’s decision to strip of his Ukrainian citizenship and promised to come back to Ukraine to fight for its future.
Saakasvili was granted Ukrainian citizenship and stripped of his Georgian citizenship, in 2015, when Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko appointed him Governor of the Odessa Oblast.
 

However, Saakasvili resigned in 2016 blaming Poroshenko personally for enabling corruption and later announced his goal to create a new political party.
 

‘I will go back to Ukraine to defend my rights, because these kinds of things should not be allowed. You know who was the most happy when they took away my passport? Putin’, said Saakashvili during protest near Russian embassy.
 

The protest was organized by Lithuanian Member of Parliament Mantas Adomėnas and attended by several dozens of supporters.
 

‘I suggest to declare a Black Blossom day first in Lithuania and later maybe in all Europe, to remember territories teared off from Georgia, teared off from Ukraine, Crimea, Transnistria. A day to remember that Europe is still not united, that there are new barbed fences,’ stressed Adomėnas.

Sound bite (Lithuanian)

MANTAS ADOMĖNAS, Lithuanian MP:

Let us remember the cold war and the time when Lithuania was occupied. Those people who gathered to commemorate the Black Ribbon day were also seen as hopeless, but it did render a result. The policy of non-recognition did render a result. Therefore, I suggest, just like Black Ribbon day, to declare a Black Blossom day, first in Lithuania, and later maybe in all Europe to remember territories teared off from Georgia, teared off from Ukraine, Crimea, Transnistria. A day to remember that Europe is still not united, that there are new barbed fences.
 

Sound bite (English)

MIKHEIL SAAKASHVILI, former Governor of the Ukraine’s Odessa Oblast and ex-President of Georgia:

And (Lithuanian) Foreign Minister said, ‘Put me on the main bridge in Tbilisi, and when Russians bomb it, because Russians announced they would bomb the main bridge in Tbilisi, let them know that they will kill foreign minister of a European Union country’. Absolutely heroic.
 

Sound bite (English)

MIKHEIL SAAKASHVILI, former Governor of Ukraine’s Odessa Oblast and ex- President of Georgia:

I should get back my Ukrainian citizenship that was kind of taken away illegally and many Ukrainians are very angry, they will feel bad if I would not fight for it. Because I have political party that is rapidly growing, I am one of most popular politicians in Ukraine, and I never abandon any fight in my life and this fight continues.
 

Sound bite (English)

MIKHEIL SAAKASHVILI, former Governor of Ukraine’s Odessa Oblast and ex-President of Georgia:

I will go back to Ukraine to defend my rights, because these kinds of things should not be allowed. You know who was most happy when they took away my passport? Putin. Medvedev was the one to make first statement, he said oh how good. That is not the time to play these games. Either we are all together, or they will get us one by one.