Poroshenko says Saakashvili’s illegal entry "crime", "punishment" must follow
The incident at the Shehyni checkpoint on the Ukrainian-Polish border involving ex-president of Georgia, former chairman of the Odesa regional state administration Mikhail Saakashvili, requires no political comment, President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko said during his speech at the National Medical University in Kyiv on Monday, an UNIAN correspondent reports.
"A crime has been committed because there is a constitutional principle of inviolability of the state border. This is a matter of national security of the state, and I do not care who violates the state border - militants in the east or populist politicians in the west. There must be an absolutely clear legal responsibility," the president said.
"In my opinion, this incident requires absolutely no political comment. We must comment and will comment on the issue exclusively in the legal field," said Poroshenko.
"I don’t care who exactly violates the state border – there must be punishment for this, in line with the Ukrainian legislation," the president wrote on Twitter.
As UNIAN reported earlier, on September 10, ex-head of the Odesa Regional State Administration Mikheil Saakashvili, earlier deprived of Ukrainian citizenship, managed to cross into Ukraine at the Shehyni checkpoint.
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