Controversy among politicians is nothing new. Nor is it limited to politicians in the United States.
Around the world, leaders are put under microscopes. Their every move and decision is analyzed and studied.
If that’s the case, then this notable politician just gave the media something big to talk about.
— Glenn Kates (@gkates) September 10, 2017
Mikheil Saakashvili, the former president of Georgia, ended up being the catalyst for a train from Poland to Ukraine being held up by Ukrainian guards at a checkpoint. After the incident had already gained significant international media attention, Saakashvili and his allies broke through the guards, reports The Associated Press reports…
According to France 24, he quit as governor of Odessa in November after he and current Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko had a falling out, which led to Poroshenko revoking his citizenship in July.
Saakashvili maintains that the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees in Geneva says he has the right to be in the country to appeal.
The Ukrainian government alleges that he put “inaccurate information” on his citizenship application, justifying the revocation.
Georgia, meanwhile, has tried to get Ukraine to extradite Saakashvili to face charges that include misappropriation of property and abuse of office. He maintains his innocence.
And you thought American politicians were unpredictable.
The tensions among these former-Soviet countries has always been high. Their leaders have been working for many years to establish firm, stable governments, after generations of oppression.
Even the smallest disagreement or falling out can lead to trouble.
Such is the case with Saakashvili. His nation is small compared to many of his neighbors. They struggle for a voice in Europe, as super powers like Russia frequently bare down on them. The last thing they need is a President that’s unstable.
His disagreement with the Ukrainian president only adds fuel to the fire. The Ukraine can be an important ally to Georgia, yet tensions between their leaders only ensures strangled relations.
It remains to be seen what will come of this event. Will it work out for the deposed president? Or does more drama await?