President of Ukraine

President: It doesn’t matter who violates the state border – either militants in the east, or state mongers in the west. There must be an absolutely clear legal responsibility

11 September 2017 - 12:50

President: It doesn’t matter who violates the state border – either militants in the east, or state mongers in the west. There must be an absolutely clear legal responsibility

President Petro Poroshenko emphasizes that the incident on the border crossing point Shehyni where Mikheil Saakashvili deprived of Ukrainian citizenship crossed the state border through the use of force must be assessed solely in a legal manner. It was stated by the President at the request of journalists to comment on the incident.

“To my mind, this incident requires no political comments. We should comment and will comment (this situation – editorial remark) exclusively in the legal field,” the Head of State emphasized.

The Head of State reminded that on July 26, he had issued a Decree to terminate his citizenship on the basis of the submission by the State Migration Service, which clearly set forth the verified facts of falsification and provision of inaccurate information during the procedure of obtaining citizenship.

“The President cannot make any other decision, for it would have been criminal inaction if we hadn’t responded to such facts,” he stressed.

According to the President, in any legal state, a person has the right to appeal against any regulatory enactment in an administrative court, in this case it is the Supreme Administrative Court of Ukraine. “As President, I will fulfill any court decision. You do not agree with the decision of the Ukrainian court, there is the European Court of Human Rights. This is a legal plane,” Petro Poroshenko emphasized.

According to the President, since the Decree has been signed nobody has appealed to the court. “Instead, a crime is committed. There is a constitutional principle of inviolability of the state border. This is a matter of national security of the state,” the President said.

“It doesn’t matter who violates the state border – either militants in the east, or state mongers in the west. There must be an absolutely clear legal responsibility,” Petro Poroshenko noted.

“I think that our border guards who proved themselves during the ATO did the right thing when they refrained from using weapons although they had the full right to use them. They didn’t allow instigating a conflict inside the country, which those state mongers were striving for,” the President stressed.

The Head of State emphasizes that the law enforcement bodies must deal with this case and they have already started working. “Let us leave politics to the state mongers and crimes to the law enforcers, prosecutors and courts. These are the regulations and the format of a legal state,” he said.

“I hope this man will be equally enthusiastic about breaking into Georgia in due time,” the President added.

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