Poroshenko praises border guards refraining from using weapons against crowd of Saakashvili's supporters
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has said that the border guards during the penetration of the state border by former head of the Odesa Regional State Administration and ex-president of Georgia Mikheil Saakashvili along with his entourage had full right to use weapons, but did not allow to "spark fire sought by populist politicians," according to an UNIAN correspondent.
"Our border guards, who proved to be the best in the Anti-Terrorist Operation, did the right thing without resorting to weapons, but they had full and exclusive right to use them. They did not let the fire ignite, the internal conflict, which, in fact, these populist politicians were trying to achieve," Poroshenko said during a meeting on the development of rural medicine in Kyiv on Monday.
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.
Poroshenko says Saakashvili’s illegal entry "crime", "punishment" must followA crowd of the politician's supporters broke through the cordons of the Ukrainian law enforcers, took Saakashvili and a number of MPs and public figures accompanying Saakashvili in a tight ring, and literally forced the group's entry to the territory of Ukraine evading standard border control routine.
Saakashvili claims passport stolen at checkpoint, applies for protection to legalize stay in UkraineAccording to the member of the collegium of the Ministry of Internal Affairs Anton Gerashchenko, Saakashvili was accompanied by people's deputies Yulia Tymoshenko, Serhiy Vlasenko, Yury Derevianko, Pavlo Kostenko, Dmytro Dobrodomov, and former SBU chief Valentyn Nalyvaichenko.