Saakashvili plans to change situation in both Georgia and Ukraine


Asked upon his arrival on February 14 how long he planned to stay in the Netherlands, Saakashvili said, "We will see". However, he stated that he would continue his efforts to return to Ukraine. According to Ukraine, Saakashvili was on Ukrainian territory illegally and therefore had to return to the country from which he had arrived.

He has already been successively stripped of both his Georgian and Ukrainian nationalities, rendering him stateless.

He served as governor of Ukraine's Odessa region until he fell out with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, a former close friend.

Hammerstein added that his client's stay in the Netherlands "has been arranged and approved" by the Dutch authorities.

"It is, like always, good to be here", Saakashvili said to the NOS.

Saakashvili called on the European Union and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, in particular, to support him in his anticorruption campaign against Poroshenko, but has received little backing from Western leaders who have become wary of his increasingly erratic behaviour.

Saakashvili was deported to Poland because he entered Ukraine from there previous year.

"We expect the rule of law as well as the rights of Saakashvili to be upheld", Commission spokeswoman Maja Kocijancic said.

Saakashvili was also the president of Georgia in 2004-2013 and is wanted in the Caucasus country after being convicted of abuse of power in connection with a 2006 murder case.

The former Ukrainian opposition leader is married to a Dutch woman, Sandra Roelofs.

"Poroshenko does not have much time left", Saakashvili told the media after arriving in the Netherlands, saying he vowed to "break the necks of Poroshenko and [Ukrainian Prosecutor General Yury] Lutsenko".