Russian President Vladimir Putin explicitly accused Poland of starting World War II. It turns out that Poland was guilty, and on September 17, 1939, there was no Soviet aggression.
German (blue) and Soviet (green) occupation of Poland in 1939.
Here are excerpts from Putin’s speech at the summit of the Commonwealth of Independent States on December 20, 2019.
I¬†was surprised, even somewhat hurt by¬†one of¬†the¬†latest European Parliament resolutions dated September¬†19, 2019 ‚Äúon¬†the¬†importance of¬†preserving historical memory for¬†the¬†future of¬†Europe.‚ÄĚ We, too, have always strived to¬†ensure the¬†quality of¬†history, its truthfulness, openness and¬†objectivity. I¬†want to¬†emphasise once again that this applies to¬†all of¬†us, because we are to¬†some extent descendants of¬†the¬†former Soviet Union. When they talk about the¬†Soviet Union, they talk about us.
What does it say? According to¬†this paper, the¬†so-called Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact (the¬†foreign ministers of¬†the¬†Soviet Union and¬†Nazi Germany), as¬†they write further, divided Europe and¬†the¬†territories of¬†independent states between two totalitarian regimes, which paved the¬†way for¬†World War II. The¬†Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact ‚Äėpaved the¬†way to¬†WWII‚Ä¶‚Äô Well, maybe.