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'Putin is a Little Bit Weird', Says Fmr Georgia President Saakashvili
16 February, 2015
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Russian President Vladimir Putin has a tendency to worm his way into the politics of neighboring countries with little provocation, said former Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili, describing Putin's behavior as "a little bit weird."
While no sanctions were imposed against Russia during the Russia-Georgia conflict of 2008, the United States backed up Georgia militarily and averted an all-out war between Russia and Georgia, said Saakashvili.
He added, that in the case of Ukraine, the West should also intervene by at least providing lethal aid with the goal of staving off Russian aggression in eastern Ukraine.
Currently, Ukraine is not even on the map for international investors, said Saakashvili. To get the country on investors' radar, the country must first undergo deregulation, eliminating layers of unnecessary bureaucracy. Every additional layer of bureaucracy creates room for more corruption, Saakashvili explained.
Former Georgian President said that all corruption allegations against him in Georgia have no basis in reality, but are part of a smear campaign by the new administration to discredit him.
Hromadske International Sunday Show hosts Ian Bateson and Nataliya Gumenyuk spoke with Saakashvili on February 15, 2015.