Ukrainian Security Service questions Saakashvili for 4 hours

Mikheil Saakashvili file photo

KYIV. Jan 10 (Interfax) – The leader of the Ukrainian opposition party Movement of New Forces and former Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili has walked out of the Ukrainian Security Service building in Kyiv after being questioned for four hours.

“All of the questions concerned exclusively political actions,” Saakashvili told journalists after being questioned on Thursday.

Saakashvili said he intends to start traveling around Ukraine on Thursday “to look for people for a new government,” pledging at the same time to show up for questioning. “They want to distract us from political actions through this case. But I won’t be distracted from political actions; I am going to travel around the country, starting tomorrow, to pick people for a new government. We should find people who will govern the country using different methods,” Saakashvili said.

“I will no longer pay attention to these criminal judicial matters that they want to do on a daily basis to make sure I have no time to do other things,” Saakashvili said.

Saakashvili also said he had been questioned on Tuesday as a witness in the case concerning “the so-called participation of some Georgian snipers in the shootings at Maidan [Independence Square in central Kyiv]” in early 2014.

“This is a Russian story alleging that I, while president of Georgia, ordered that snipers be sent here to shoot people at Maidan. But I wasn’t president of Georgia at the time, and I came here as a private person,” he said.

“There have been no Georgian snipers,” Saakashvili said. “My advice for them is: it’s necessary simply to catch those who shot people at Maidan. I am sure most of these people are in Ukraine. Perhaps they even work for these institutions,” Saakashvili said, pointing at the Security Service building.