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Georgian Former President Saakashvili deported to Poland

Georgian Former President Saakashvili deported to Poland

The politician said that he was staying in a hotel in Poland, and that the Polish authorities had provided him with bodyguards.

Ruslan Chornolutsky, Saakashvili's lawyer, told the Interfax news agency that he will appeal against the deportation - which Saakashvili said was a kidnapping - and fight for the politician's return to Ukraine.

Saakashvili, 50, was Georgian president from 2004-13, after which he went to Ukraine as an ally of Petro Poroshenko, now president of Ukraine.

The heavy-handed actions of Mr Poroshenko and his allies appear to have boosted his standing, however, as Ukrainians become increasingly frustrated with the broken promises of leaders who took power after a 2014 revolution against corruption and Russian influence.

Poland's border service has confirmed that Saakashvili is now in Poland.

Former Georgian president turned Ukrainian opposition leader Mikheil Saakashvili has been deported to Poland after being detained by a group of armed security officers at a restaurant in Kyiv.

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One-time friends, Poroshenko appointed Saakashvili as governor of the Odessa region in 2015.

"This person was on Ukrainian territory illegally and therefore, in compliance with all legal procedures, he was returned to the country from where he arrived", border service spokesman Oleh Slobodyan said in a post on Facebook.

Kantaria also said Tbilisi has nothing to do with the ex-President's deportation to Poland, adding no one is afraid of Saakashvili in Georgia, as the opposition used to claim.

After being stripped of his Ukrainian passport, Saakashvili broke through the Ukrainian-Polish border with the help of supporters in September past year.

"Saakashvili was handed over to Poland consistent with the bilateral readmission agreement", the ministry said.

Saakashvili said at the airport he was made to board a Beechcraft aircraft that was chartered by someone who never said a word during the entire flight to Warsaw. His wife is a Dutch national and the Netherlands and Poland are both European Union member states.