Saakashvili apprehensive of consequences of Crimea’s blockade

In an interview to Espresso.TV TV channel, Mikhail Saakashvili, Head of the Odessa Regional Administration, said he is positive Crimea’s blockade ought to have been initiated by the government, and not public activists or NGOs.

21 September 2015 12:12

“Things like these should be done by government entities and not some weapons-wielding members of public. That said, they did save the day on certain occasions in the past,” said Saakashvili.

Former Georgian President voiced his apprehension that those involved in the blockade might want some government powers. According to him, their reason for that would be: ‘We are the ones who blocked the border, so we are entitled to them‘.

“I have a lot of respect for a number of patriots involved in the whole thing. But that is not it. The government should never surrender is monopoly of power to whoever makes claims to it,” Saakashvili said.

A blockade aimed at stopping goods from entering Crimea commenced near the border of the Kherson region and Crimea at 12 a.m. on September 20, 2015.

It is unclear why Saakashvili referred to the blockade as being staged by ‘some weapons-wielding members of public’, for the blockade is a way of conducting a peaceful protest chosen by Crimean Tatars and patriotic-minded individuals.