February 17, 2015
Ukrainian government became a haven for deposed Georgian government in exile, consisting of (according to Cmpou – Live Journal):
Minister of Health – Alexander Kvitashvili
First Deputy Minister of Interior – Eka Zguladze
Deputy Prosecutor General – David Sakvarelidze
First Deputy Minister of Justice – Gia Getsadze
Head of State Registration Service – Dzhaba Ebanoidze
Deputy Head of State Registration Service – Georgy Tsiklauri
Head of State Judicial Service – Khatiya Sheliya
Deputy Governor of Rovno region – Ilya Glonti
… and “dozens more”, according to Mikhail Saakashvili (see below).
According to “Kommersant“, Poroshenko offered Mikhail Saakashvili, the former president of Georgia, a position of first Vice-Prime Minister of Ukraine, as Saakashvili told a Georgian TV staion “Rustavi-2” on December 7, 2014. However, Mikhail Saakhashvili refused the offer, because it would entail swapping his Georgian citizenship for Ukrainian. Nevertheless, Saakashvili and Poroshenko share a close and warm ties, going back to the days spent together at the Kiev Institute of International Relations.
“Independent News” reported in November that Georgian newspaper “Kviris Palitra” spoke to Iraklia Gogova, a former head of “Alliance for New Georgia” faction, who left Georgia in 2003 after the Rose revolution, and was a senior political consultant to Viktor Yushenko in 2009 and 2010. According to him, Klichko asked Saakashvili to lobby for him in the US for a position of president of Ukraine. But Saakashvili preferred Poroshenko, says Gogova.
Gogova also said that Poroshenko and Saakashvili did business together, particularly related to buses “Bogdan”, produced in Ukraine.
Gogova said that from the new Georgian appointees in Ukraine we should expect privatization of hospitals (as former Georgian Minister of Health Kvitashvili did in Georgia), and show front reforms, as in Georgian law enforcement.
“With regard to formal appointment, I fully belong to my country and intend to use my experience for the benefit of the motherland. I’ll always be were needed by my motherland. I love to make decisions and implement them, not to give advice. Although our team, dozens of experienced reformers, are already working in Kiev and other Ukrainian cities, and I’m happy to help them,” – said the ex-President of Georgia.
Meanwhile, Mikhail Saakashvili is wanted by the current Georgian law enforcement authorities on three counts.
Besides what the example of Saakashvili can tell us about a possible future of Poroshenko, it is important to think about what the choice of the current appointees to the Ukrainian government tells us about WHO made the appointments. And then we can see that the people behind the Rose revolution in Georgia and the people behind the Maidan coup in Ukraine in February, 2014 – are one and the same.
Ironically, what allows Georgians and Ukrainians to work together, is their common fluency in Russian, the same secret weapon which is the biggest glue still tying all former Soviet Republics together, and the biggest foundation for a future common economic space.
To his great disappointment, Prime Minister of Ukraine, Arseny Yatsenyuk learned this the hard way, when he found out that the new Georgian Minister of Health did not understand a word of Ukrainian, and Yatsenyuk was forced to conduct his cabinet meetings in Russian. He tried English first, but it did not go well with his Ukrainian ministers.