CNN’s Christiane Amanpour conducted a revealing interview with Polish Deputy Foreign Minister Paweł Jabłoński during a segment that featured footage from a CNN camera crew present at the Bruzgi-Kuźnica border crossing. That is the same location where illegal migrants recently assaulted Polish soldiers and police officers en masse.
It is worth noting, for starters, that Amanpour’s team was reporting directly from the Belarusian side while operating among migrants who are actively being used and controlled by Belarusian officers.
Given Amanpour’s line of questioning, one cannot help but sometimes being surprised by the naivety and emotion-driven nature of CNN’s “news” segments.
Amanpour, a British journalist and CNN’s chief correspondent for international affairs, asked her Polish guest infantile questions, such as whether he did not pity the “refugees” and why did the Polish officers use water cannons and tear gas.
“I’m quite surprised that you are using terms that they are defenseless, while we have just looked at footage of them attacking our border and attacking our soldiers,” minister Jabłoński answered.
He added that the migrants were equipped with stun grenades supplied to them by Lukashenko’s services.
“It has nothing to do with defenseless refugees. These are not refugees,” he corrected one of CNN’s star reporters.
The deputy foreign minister stressed that in context of Lukashenko carrying out hybrid warfare against Poland, that “this is not a refugee crisis. It is artificially created political pressure.”
Jabłoński underlined that Poland had accepted several actual refugees from Afghanistan but noted that the people who were currently on the Belarusian side of the border were not escaping their country from persecution and war. He also emphasized that Belarus had rejected every offer of humanitarian aid for the migrants that Poland had made.
“They are being lured into the EU in false hope that they will be allowed to illegally cross the border. We cannot let that happen,” he declared. The deputy foreign minister also stated that the migrants deserved a safe return home and to not be used in Minsk’s political game.