Gotta gotta have a persona non grata

location: Tbilisi, Georgia

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Once, when he was president of Ukraine, Viktor Yushchenko was persona non grata in Moscow, partially because he was a foolish president, mostly because he sucked up to Europe too much for Russia’s taste. In August, President Dmitri Medvedev sent him a letter saying that Russia simply wouldn’t deal with him any more. But then, in January, he lost any chance of continuing as Ukraine’s president and then ten days ago, a pro-Russian candidate won the presidential election.

Medvedev promptly invited the victor, Viktor Yanukovich, up to Moscow, at which point he must’ve realized that, wait a minute, who am I gonna hate on now?

Fortunately, that one was easy: Mikheil Saakashvili.

Today, Medevedev announced at a press conference that he would no longer have anything to do with the Georgian president. Even though diplomatic relations were severed back in August 2008, Saakashvili had to wait till the Ukrainian elections to become a persona non grata.


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