the President of Ukraine Vladimir Zelensky has appointed Mikhail Saakashvili, head of the Executive Committee of reforms. In response, Georgia, as promised, withdrew its Ambassador. The former head of Georgia and Odessa region asserts that will attract investment and fight for the liberation of business from bureaucracy. How he is delighted at the appointment and what is in store for Ukraine, “MK” has found out from the experts:
Taras Kozub, expert of “Castrato”:
– For the Ukrainian policy of Saakashvili is Enfant terrible. Assigning it to a new position, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky pursued several goals. First, he wanted to acquire powerful political battering RAM to use against opponents. Secondly, Saakashvili is a kind of shield from criticism of the West. On the eve of his appointment, the resignation of the head of Tax and Customs services of Ukraine Sergey Varlamov and Maksim Nefedov. Both are controlled by flows in the interests of Ukraine’s Western partners, especially the United States. Their dismissal was not so painful, I decided to give the position of Saakashvili. First, it wanted to make the Deputy Prime Minister for reform, but are unable to push through the Parliament, so Saakashvili gave the Council necrophorum. What kind of authority? It was created by the previous President Petro Poroshenko. In fact, the Council was a sinecure for the retired officials who need a place without special authority. Previously, the Council was directed by the former head of the presidential administration Sergey Lozhkin. By the way, there was a famous brawl Saakashvili and the head of the MIA of Ukraine Arsen Avakov.
However, Saakashvili is automatically part of the ruling elite of Ukraine, as the Council now comprises the head of the Office of the President Andrey Ermak and members of the government. While the Council has no real powers, but it is likely to change. However, the Deputy President will be Olexander Olshansky, who is considered to be exclusively human system and will guide the flight of fancy of his boss in a constructive direction.
as for Georgia, Tbilisi recalled its Ambassador, but said that Ukraine is a strategic partner. This means that, following consultations, a diplomat will return. For the internal policy of Georgia Saakashvili’s appointment was a sensitive moment. The Republic’s authorities need to understand what to do next. The appointment of Saakashvili has been almost synchronous with the approval of the new U.S. Ambassador in Kiev, Keith Dayton. First, he is a Democrat, and secondly, he was one of those advisers
Saakashvili, who worked with him in August 2008 in time “five-day war”. Probably they have kept a friendly relationship until now. Thus, to Zelensky Saakashvili becomes ��asticom with Bankova street where his office is, on the Tank, where the U.S. Embassy.
Speaking of risks, you should consider several points. First of all, a lot of talk about the conflict between Saakashvili and Avakov, but all close to the interior Minister saying that the hatchet is long buried. On the other hand, people joke that it will take quite some time, and Zelensky will become a “huckster” – as Saakashvili called Poroshenko. Saakashvili himself hardly accepted the role of the Ukrainian policy In any case, he remains interested in the fate of Georgia, whose inhabitants treat it very in two ways. Saakashvili may use their position as a springboard to return home. Despite its apparent simplicity and straightforwardness, Saakshvili was a very thoughtful person.
Alexei Yakubina, the Ukrainian analyst:
– Saakashvili Himself probably regarded his appointment as a further springboard to the government of Ukraine or to Georgia. The Council is a platform without real powers, which has not been collected for several years. Apparently, Zelensky decided to calm Saakashvili after failing to become Deputy Prime Minister. The former head of Georgia and Odessa region will try to show their best side, so will glow in the media, commenting on all the issues associated with the government. Actually, he already did when he said that he wanted to free business from bureaucracy. There will be many scandals. I wonder how long the President will stand for it.
in addition, in the fall of 2020 in Georgia will hold parliamentary elections. Perhaps, Saakashvili thinks that you will be able to contribute to the victory of the opposition at home and come home. But there’s a caveat or three outstanding convictions. Do note that Saakashvili is often wishful thinking. For example, just the other day he said that the President has already decided to make him Deputy Prime Minister. Now he can talk about his friendship with the US Ambassador in Ukraine, direct access to the President of the United States Donald trump and so on. Another thing is how it will be real.