Former Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili is critical of the incumbent Georgian government's refusal to return Buk missile systems to Ukraine, according to a post on Facebook on Jan. 10.
The Buk missile systems in question were supplied to Georgia in 2008 in order to assist in resisting Russian aggression. Ukraine has requested those systems be returned – but has been rebuffed, with the Georgian ruling party calling the request "inadequate."
"I'm not sure what Ukraine handed over to us after the war of 2008,” Secretary General of the Parliament of Georgia, Givi Mikanadze, stated in a comment on Georgia’s refusal.
“As far as I know – even if we did receive something, we paid for it. So, if it is paid, it becomes Georgia's possession and Georgia's weapon.”
Saakashvili called the statement "a shame."
"It's a big shame that the Georgian government refused to return the Ukrainian Buks to Ukraine when they are needed most,” he said.
“We downed 14 Russian aircraft, including a Tu-22 strategic bomber, in 2008 thanks to these complexes.”