KYIV (QHA) -

Former Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili has spoken in Kyiv in support of the tens of thousands of demonstrators demanding closer ties to the European Union.

Saakashvili, who arrived in Kyiv on December 6, voiced his support to the demonstrators massed on Kyiv's Independence Square when he addressed them the following day, RFE/RL reports.

"I am Ukrainian, I am Georgian, and I am a European," he said. "I knew that one day Ukraine would become an example of success, an example of an Eastern European nation integrated into the European family of free, democratic, prospering countries. Today I see that I was right. Ukraine will be able to do this; we will do this together."

Saakashvili added that "nothing can prevent our common aspiration of freedom."

According to Saakashvili, Russian President Vladimir Putin uses uncivil for 21 century methods to win Ukraine to his side. Still Ukraine is European country and EU in the only future for Ukraine.

“Ukraine is a great country and Ukrainians are very talented people. Therefore they should find their place in Europe, not under the oppression of Putin’s Russia”- Saakashvili said in his interview to Ukrainian media.

As reported, Georgia initialed an Association Agreement with the EU at its Eastern Partnership summit in Vilnius on November 28.

 

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