The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine on 30 April will vote on the appointment to the post of Deputy Prime Minister Mikhail Saakashvili. However, Georgia has protested such changes of personnel in a friendly for her state. “Газета.Ru” — about how the return of ex-President of Georgia in the Ukrainian policy will affect relations between the two countries and why Zelensky need Saakashvili.
The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine may appoint as Deputy Prime Minister, ex-President of Georgia and former Governor of Odessa Mikhail Saakashvili. On April 24 he met with a faction of “servant of the people” and answered the deputies ‘ questions, and then journalists. From the words of the policy, it became clear that the post of Deputy Prime Minister he intends to deal with the economy and negotiations with the IMF.
“The President instructed me to do the negotiations with the IMF and the international financial institutions. Ukraine needs much more help than she gets,” — Saakashvili said.
The economic situation in the country really poses the question of assistance from the IMF in the category of priority.
In 2020, Ukraine should pay $17 billion foreign debt. Two-year program Fund provides for the payment of Kiev of $5.5 billion To the Ukrainian government must meet the remaining condition is to adopt a law on the inadmissibility of returning banks to their former owners. The initiative is primarily aimed at oligarch Igor Kolomoisky and Privat nationalized. March 31, Kiev has fulfilled the penultimate condition of the IMF: the Verkhovna Rada adopted the law on the sale of land.
And, as noted in conversation with “Газетой.Ru” Director of the Kiev Center of political researches and conflictology Mikhail Pogrebinsky in the negotiations with the IMF Mikhail Saakashvili will not be a useful figure.
“I think that Saakashvili suggested that Zelensky: “I’ll do it, for a start, the negotiations with the IMF and poreshat all the issues there, I know everyone there and drank with them “Kindzmarauli”, etc. and do the works first, and then will reform and fight against corruption”. I don’t think he the President gave such a task, — the expert believes.
But the position of the IMF is already known — they are waiting to be voted “andikalovsky” law. The earth have already voted and the money will give one hundred percent, regardless of whether there is Saakashvili or not. But Saakashvili will tell you how he solved the problem with the IMF”.
Ex-Georgian President, apparently, is determined to address the economic sector in Ukraine. According to Saakashvili, it is planning to develop “extraordinary steps” to save the economy.
“Ukraine comes in a very strong economic storm, a real tsunami, the crisis, and we need to find a very extraordinary steps in order to save the Ukrainian economy, but also to weaken a blow to every Ukrainian family, and in General to save the state. It is therefore necessary to take extraordinary measures,” Saakashvili said at a briefing.
Saakashvili is back in the game
The fact that the ex-President of Georgia and former Governor of the Odessa region received a proposal to take the post of Deputy Prime Minister became known on Wednesday, when this was reported by Ukrainian media. Later information confirmed in your Facebook Saakashvili himself.
“I get to this offer and your decision with great responsibility, because it is a very difficult time for the country. We have a very difficult period in the economy and in the whole of life in the country. Now more than ever we have to be bold in their decisions and reforms”, — the politician wrote.
In Ukraine the figure of Saakashvili is controversial. Former President of Georgia broke into Ukrainian politics in the most difficult period for the country.
In 2015 he received the post of Governor of the Odessa region, but after a year and a half left the position due to conflicts with Kiev.
After this policy began to show even greater activity, stating that the reason for his resignation is his opposition. However, Saakashvili went to the attack in the public space to Petro Poroshenko, who held the post of President.
The result of the opposition was the deprivation Saakashvili Ukrainian citizenship and a ban on entering the country until 2021. The politician went to the West, however, has repeatedly made controversial attempts to return to Ukraine.
For him it would be easier than to return to their historic homeland on the territory of Georgia Saakashvili initiated several criminal cases.
Earlier, the Tbilisi court sentenced the politician to three years of imprisonment in connection with the abuse of power, namely, covering up and pardoning of police officers convicted for the murder of the employee “United Georgian Bank” Sandro Girgvliani.
Also, Saakashvili was sentenced to six years in prison in connection with charges of organizing the beating in 2005 of his opponent, the Deputy and businessman Valery Gelashvili insulted in one of his interviews the ex-President’s wife Sandra Roelofs, the.
During the year the verdict to the former President will be sentenced in two criminal cases for embezzlement of public funds and in the case of the brutal dispersal of the opposition rally on 7 November 2007.
Saakashvili stood between Ukraine and Georgia
Although relations between Ukraine and Georgia are at a high level, the potential appointment of Saakashvili can spoil them, noted in conversation with “Газетой.Ru” the leader of the opposition party “for United Georgia — Democratic movement”, ex-Chairman of the Georgian Parliament, Nino Burjanadze.
“Of course, this will have some negative impact on the relations of Georgia and Ukraine, because the person against whom in Georgia criminal case is appointed to such a high position. This suggests that even with such a friendly country like Ukraine, our government has no authority, it is unfortunately, so,” — said Nino Burjanadze.
Today Prime Minister of Georgia Giorgi Gakharia stated that in case of appointment of Mikhail Saakashvili, Vice Prime Minister, Tbilisi can withdraw its Ambassador from Ukraine.
“If this decision is made, we at least will withdraw its Ambassador from Kiev for consultations”, — told reporters Gajaria.
He also said that Kiev, as a strategic partner of Tbilisi, would be “totally unacceptable” to appoint to such a post man, who was convicted in Georgia for serious crimes and are wanted.
The statements from Georgia, reacted very sensitively the head of the “servant of the people” David Arakhamiya.
“If we have diplomatic problems, then Georgia, they are stronger than us. It’s not US who say, “you Have diplomatic problems”. This Georgia. It is necessary not to forget about it,
— Arakhamiya told. — It’s just an attempt to exert pressure. We are a sovereign state and no country in the world will not tell us who we should appoint to the post of Deputy Prime Minister, and who do not. There is absolutely wrong rhetoric. We sure Georgians will find common language, we are fraternal peoples, we will get along just fine, this is a welcoming country.”
For the Georgian authorities the situation is complicated by the fact that the country is preparing for is scheduled for the autumn parliamentary elections. For seats in Parliament will be overcome and the party of the former President of the “United national movement” (UNM). Although Saakashvili is now officially has nothing to do with this political movement, guarantees that he, taking the post of Vice Prime Minister of Ukraine, will begin to facilitate the victory of the allies in the elections, no. Moreover, taking the post of Deputy Prime Minister, Saakashvili will get diplomatic immunity.
“In a certain sense, of course, votes to END it will add. First, Saakashvili, if he is appointed, because of their nature will be in full PR and to engage in propaganda, — said Nino Burjanadze. — This is the moral support that is certainly important for his supporters – the leader of the party appointed in another country to such a high post. On the other hand, it is also the financial resources that he can to help his party and of course the tribune, which he could certainly use.”
Popular in the West reformer
A mixed reputation Mikheil Saakashvili has called on Ukraine a discussion about the advisability of his return to politics. In comments to “Interfax” the press service of the President’s Office stated that the choice of Saakashvili to the post of Deputy Prime Minister due to his popularity in the international arena and “experience of successful implementation of reforms.”
“The President Zelenski said that Mr. Saakashvili has the potential to support the government of Ukraine, and invited him to share their vision and developments with the government and Parliament of Ukraine”, — stated in the OP.
It is the popularity of Saakashvili in the West, and the prevailing image of the reformer explains Mikhail Pogrebinsky choice Zelensky.
“The President, apparently, gives his report that the responsibility will still carry it, because the government is heavy shapes at all. So I think that Zelensky liked the idea — to attract such a heavyweight, who has a reputation in the West, a successful reformer. But he is our President knows nothing about these reforms. In addition, he knows nothing really, as it happened in Georgia than Saakashvili reformer and what the price was of these reforms and even what happened in Georgia, can’t get in Ukraine”, — said the expert.
Since March, the Office of the President carries out major personnel shifts in the government. On March 4, the Verkhovna Rada dismissed the Cabinet of Ministers Alexei Goncharuk, who has worked for only six months, and approved a new government headed by Denis Megalam.
When Zelensky formed his first Cabinet, it became clear that the choice of members of the government, the President was guided by the spotless reputation of politicians. In fact, however, it so happened that the government was the people, not with popularity. Any errors and controversial decisions of the Prime Minister often has an effect on the rating of the President.
The government of Denis Smagala already included people who have some political weight in the country. The Ministry of Finance of Ukraine, for example, was headed by Igor Umansky, who was the acting head of Department in the government of Yulia Tymoshenko. However, on March 30, he left his post.
“Saakashvili as it will strengthen the position of the Zelensky, and if you do not increase, so it was his fault. And Zelensky will not be held responsible for these reforms, and will be responsible the guy who has the reputation of a heavyweight.
And still Zelensky could not be held responsible for what happens in this country, of which he remained a high rating. But I think he’s wrong. No benefit from it of another clown and will not, on the contrary, it may accelerate the collapse of his presidency”, — said Pogrebinsky.
However, whatever it was, the appointment of Mikhail Saakashvili has not yet taken place. As reported by Ukrainian media, the “Servant of the people” is not yet enough votes for this. But, anyway, the serious achievements from the former Georgian President, few people waiting.
“Zelensky is behaving like a child who mischief and looking for an adult to face the consequences, maybe so old he believes Saakashvili — said in a conversation with “Газетой.Ru” the Deputy from party “European solidarity” Alexey Goncharenko. — It can add brightness is a fact. In all other respects serious doubt if Zelensky thinks he Saakashvili will reflect from his punches, he is deeply mistaken. Saakashvili skilled enough politician to all the negative reset. And soon, he will throw Zelensky”.
According to Nino Burjanadze, Saakashvili on the post of Deputy Prime Minister will not be able to achieve success.
“Of course, the first some months it will get wide support — is he good at it. And when he will not go to the mountain, he will point the finger at other people, — said Burjanadze. In any case, the fact that he will play a negative role in the relations between Ukraine and Georgia and in relations between Ukraine and Russia — for me it is unique. It will bring serious PR, it will bring a lot of ideas, including, and interesting ideas, of course. But many of them are pure PR”.
Saakashvili himself in his Facebook said the vote on his candidacy for the post of Deputy Prime Minister will be held April 30. In support of the President on this issue, the former President of Georgia fully sure.
“Of course, there were hopes that today will be the vote for my candidacy for the position of Vice-Prime Minister, but I remain confident in the support of the President Zelensky, therefore we be prepared to vote on Thursday. But, still, I’m willing to help, to advise and to join all the attempts to reform the bankrupt old system that prevails in Ukraine”, — he wrote.