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Thursday, August 10
Saakashvili says Ukraine's Foreign Minister calling with complaints to various countries

Former president of Georgia Mikheil Saakashvili criticized Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin on his personal Facebook page.

"Ukraine's Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin, instead of doing business, has been calling with complaints to various countries where I have visited or was going to visit," Mikheil Saakashvili wrote on his Facebook page.

According to him, "Pavlo Klimkin is not an ethnic Ukrainian, but Russian."

"As far as I understand, he has Russian citizenship and speaks Ukrainian badly. Petro Poroshenko, here's another candidate for you to take away his citizenship," Saakashvili addressed the Ukrainian President.

Mikheil Saakashvili is currently in Lithuania. He participated in a protest event in front of the Russian Embassy in Vilnius today. (ipn)

Ekaterine Gorgodze crowned winner of Istanbul ITF tennis tournament

Georgian tennis player Ekaterine Gorgodze continued her winning form this year by taking the winner's title of the International Tennis Federation (ITF) Womens’ Circuit tournament that finished on Sunday in Istanbul.

Gorgodze emerged as the winner in the singles ranking of the 15,000 USD prize money competition after defeating Bulgaria's Gebriela Mihaylova in the final 6-3, 6-1.

The 25-year old took the title on her favourite clay surface, with the outdoor ITF event held at the Koza World of Sports tennis club from July 31-August 6.

With 32 players in the singles draw, Gorgodze progressed through four fixtures before reaching the final against Mihaylova.

Wins against Lithuania's Paulina Bakaite in the first round and local favourite Ebru Zeynep Yazgan in the second round ensured the Georgian progressed through the play-off rounds.

Two more victories against Ena Kajevic of Croatia and Petia Arshinkova of Bulgaria — in the quarterfinal and semifinal rounds respectively — paved the way for the Georgian to reach the final.

Gorgodze is currently 444th in the Women's Tennis Association singles ranking, with her career-best 255th coming in 2016 when the athlete celebrated winning the Babolat Cup in Antalya.

This year's singles statistics include 23 wins and nine losses for Gorgodze, with the Georgian player also winning the Telavi singles tournament earlier in the year. (

Nino Burjanadze going to run for presidential elections

Former parliament speaker Nino Burjanadze plans to run in the presidential elections.

As Nino Burjanadze said in an interview with Russia Today, her plans depend on the actions of the Georgian Dream party and their amendments to the constitution.

“They are changing legislative norms. They wanted to make Georgia an utterly parliamentary republic and indirectly elect the president in the next elections,” she said. (ipn)