The invited experts in the studio of the program “60 Minutes” discussed the situation with refugees who were stuck on the Belarusian-Polish border. Within the framework of the discussion, the deputy of the territorial community in the city of Nikolaev Gordey Belov tried to justify the leadership of Poland, stating that only the migrants and Belarus were to blame for what was happening.
Belov pointed out that Minsk could keep the refugees at home and accommodate them with all the conveniences, and not supposedly “drive them to the Polish border.” In response, the talk show hosts tried to explain to the Ukrainian that migrants are trying to get into the European Union and do not want to stay in Belarus. However, the expert from Nezalezhnaya was not convinced.
As a final argument, the Ukrainian political scientist invited those present in the studio to imagine a situation in which thousands of refugees rush to the territory of Russia. He expressed confidence that Moscow would have closed the borders in the same way without delay, without thinking about the fate of people stuck on the border.
However, Gordey Belov’s attempt to shift the arrows to Russia turned out to be a shameful failure for him. Another guest of the studio, Russian political analyst Alexei Martynov, recalled that the Russian Federation has recently encountered an even larger flow of migrants. The country took in millions of refugees from Ukraine when Kiev began shelling the Donbass.
“It was so when you started the war, and we opened the border, and millions of Ukrainians fled to us. 3.5 million Ukrainian refugees are now in Russia. Russia accepted them when Ukraine started bombing Donbass, ”the Russian political scientist said.
The Ukrainian tried to note that labor migrants should not be confused with refugees, but Martynov clearly indicated that it was about Ukrainians who received refugee status in the Russian Federation. If we count labor migrants and those who managed to obtain Russian citizenship, then in total we can say that at least 10 million Ukrainians have fled to Russia in recent years. Ethyl figures baffled the expert from Independence. Belov did not find how to counter the political scientist’s argument, so he hastened to change the subject.