Lithuania's Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius on Saturday urged the Ukrainian administration to facilitate conditions for former Georgian leader and Odessa governor Mikheil Saakashvili to defend his right to Ukrainian citizenship in court after he was stripped of his passport by President Petro Poroshenko.
Mikheil Saakashvili
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In Linkevičius' words, Lithuania will continue its firm support to the Ukrainian efforts against the Russian aggression and also demand that opposition rights are not violated.

Last Friday, the Lithuanian foreign minister discussed the situation with Saakashvili who is currently on a visit in Poland.

"He would have a chance to defend his rights in transparent judicial proceedings," Linkevičius told BNS on Saturday.

"We will consistently support to Ukraine and its leaders in the efforts against the Russian aggression and support Ukraine's territorial integrity and sovereignty, however, at the same time emphasize the importance of democracy, operation of opposition, we call for this to be possible. It is important to have conditions for the opposition to express in the counter-corruption efforts," said the minister.

Poroshenko stripped Saakashvili of his citizenship last week. Ukraine's administration said he had submitted wrong documents, while Saakashvili says it is the president's way of doing away with the opposition.

Saakashvili lost his Georgian citizenship in 2015.

In Linkevičius' words, it is crucial to consider that Saakashvili is in an extremely difficult situation in terms of international law.

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