The former Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili said in the Tbilisi City Court that during his reign he secretly flew to London and met with Aliaksandr Lukashenka so that he would not recognize the independence of Abkhazia and South Ossetia. He claims that there were four such secret meetings.
“It was secret diplomacy. The fact that South Ossetia and Abkhazia are still not recognized by Lukashenka is the result of my trips to London,” he said, without announcing the exact dates, citing the secrecy of data on his flight to London.
Aliaksandr Lukashenka spoke about the recognition of the Crimea, Abkhazia and South Ossetia in an interview on Vladimir Solovyov’s YouTube channel “Solovyov LIVE”.
“As soon as I understand and the president [Vladimir Putin] will tell me that there is a need for this,” he said.
At the same time, he noted that the recognition of Abkhazia and South Ossetia would complicate relations with Georgia.
Saakashvili is accused under several criminal articles in Georgia. He lived in Ukraine, but returned to Georgia to participate in local elections and was detained.