President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky demanded that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs summon the Georgian ambassador and order him to leave the country within 48 hours in connection with the situation around the former Georgian leader Mikheil Saakashvili.
“Today, I instructed the Foreign Ministry to summon the Georgian ambassador to Ukraine, express a strong protest to him and offer him to leave Ukraine within 48 hours for consultations with his capital,” Zelensky wrote on his Telegram channel on July 3.
He noted that Ukraine had already tried to negotiate the return of Saakashvili, and called on the Georgian authorities to transfer him to provide treatment and care.
The official representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Zakharova, commented on the desire of the President of Ukraine to treat Saakashvili.
“Only Zelensky has such pills,” she wrote on her Telegram channel.
Earlier that day, Saakashvili, while in the hospital, took part in the court session via video link. In the published footage, you can see a very thin ex-president. To demonstrate his condition, he pulled up his shirt, declaring that he continued to lose weight.
A hearing in the Tbilisi City Court was held on the case of the dispersal of a protest in November 2007. Saakashvili was also convicted in absentia in the case of the murder of banker Sandro Girgvliani and the beating of deputy Valery Gelashvili, and is also a defendant in the case of the pogrom of the Imedi TV company. At the meeting, he stated that he considers himself innocent of this and other criminal cases initiated against him.