Ukraine's State Migration Service said Wednesday President Petro Poroshenko had issued a decree rescinding the citizenship of the Georgian-born politician, while he was reportedly on a US trip. Saakashvili, who lost his Georgian passport in 2015, promised to fight back.
"I run a very powerful organization in Ukraine. It is comprised of 100,000 activists, it has major headquarters in 26 regions, a promising young team, business people… These people will still be there, together we are planning to topple Ukrainian authorities," he told a Georgian broadcaster, Rustavi 2.
Saakashvili, who has called himself "more of a Ukrainian" than anyone in the Ukrainian parliament, faces extradition to Georgia if he ventures back to Kiev. He is wanted in Tbilisi for several alleged felonies, including the embezzlement of $5 million in state funds, accusations that he denies.