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Georgian minister criticizes Kiev’s plans to offer government jobs to Georgian politicians

December 02, 2014, 14:34 UTC+3 TBILISI
Mikheil Saakashvili rejected a proposal on Monday to serve as Ukraine’s deputy prime minister saying he is not ready to give up Georgia’s citizenship
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Georgia’s deputy prime minister and energy minister Kahi Kaladze

Georgia’s deputy prime minister and energy minister Kahi Kaladze

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TBILISI, December 2. /TASS/. Ukraine’s plans to appoint Georgian politicians who created the regime of violence and brought Tbilisi to a deadlock will not contribute to improving bilateral relations, Georgia’s deputy prime minister and energy minister said on Tuesday.

“We consider Ukraine a friendly country, that’s why it would be wrong to see in Ukraine’s leadership those who established a regime of violence in Georgia or those on the wanted list on suspicion of having committed illegal actions,” Kahi Kaladze told journalists in Tbilisi.

Georgia’s state minister for reconciliation and civic equality, Paata Zakareishvili, expressed doubts whether Ukraine will dare to appoint to the high positions those suspected of committing crimes.

“It’s up to Ukraine to decide itself whom to appoint to state positions, but the appointment of those who have led Georgia into deadlock and collapse is at least surprising,” he said.

Ukrainian media reports said the country’s leadership is considering plans to appoint to a high position a former Georgian Prosecutor General and justice minister, Zurab Adeishvili, who was charged with abuse of powers, falsifying evidence and inhuman treatment of inmates.

Adeishvili has been placed on Interpol’s wanted list.

The media reports also said that Kiev plans to appoint Eka Zguladze, formerly a Georgian deputy interior minister, to a similar post in Ukraine. Zguladze, who has been residing in France over the past two years, is not officially charged but is accused of being an ally of former President Mikheil Saakashvili.

Saakashvili rejected a proposal on Monday to serve as Ukraine’s deputy prime minister saying he is not ready to give up Georgia’s citizenship.

The statement came a few hours after Georgian Foreign Ministry spokesman David Kereselidze said the possible appointment of Saakashvili, who is charged with illegal actions in Georgia, could “create a negative environment in good neighborly and friendly relations between the two countries.”

Last week, Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko announced plans to amend the country’s legislation to allow appointing foreigners to top government positions or expand the lists of people who could obtain the Ukrainian citizenship in a speedy procedure.

Shortly after, the speaker of People’s Council of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic, Andrey Purgin, said ministerial appointments of foreign nationals in Ukraine would nail down a direct rule of other countries there.

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