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Georgian health minister sees no need for Saakashvili to receive treatment abroad

TBILISI. Nov 25 (Interfax) – Former Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili does not need recuperative treatment abroad following his hunger strike, Georgian Health Minister Ekaterine Tikaradze said.

"Saakashvili’s health has significantly improved since the end of his hunger strike. I personally see no need for patient Saakashvili to continue treatment abroad," Tikaradze told journalists.

Lawyer Yevhen Hrushovets and Saakashvili’s girlfriend Yelyzaveta Yasko told journalists on Thursday that Saakashvili should be allowed to leave for Ukraine to recover.

Yasko, who met with Saakashvili at the military hospital in Gori on Thursday, said that he is continuing to lose weight. "I see that there have been no changes in Mikheil’s state, despite doctors’ attention. It looks like some procedures are being conducted, but we haven’t been informed. He is constantly in a state of stress," she said.

Asked whether Saakashvili could continue receiving treatment abroad, i.e., in Germany, the Netherlands, or Ukraine, Yasko said, "I would be happy if Mikheil was allowed to fly to Ukraine for recuperative treatment, but he doesn’t want that and wants to remain in Georgia, waiting for the political situation here to change."