Russian President Vladimir Putin has accused Poland of waging World War II and supporting Nazi Germany leader Adolf Hitler during a speech at an expanded meeting of the Russian Defence Ministry Board and at a meeting with the leadership of the State Duma.
At the Defence Ministry Board meeting, Putin commented on a resolution of the European Parliament, adopted on September 17, which states that both Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union are responsible for the outbreak of World War II.
"Yes, the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact, yes, it
According to the President of Russia, in 1938, the Polish ambassador to Germany supported the deportation of Jews to Africa.
Earlier, Poland's foreign ministry accused the Russian head of
On September 1, 1939, Nazi Germany launched armed aggression against Poland, and on September 17, under agreements between the two totalitarian regimes, Soviet troops attacked Poland,
On September 28, 1939, the Soviet Union and the Third Reich signed another agreement on borders and friendship, thus dividing Poland among themselves.
Historians estimate that Poland lost in total 425,000 military personnel and over 5.5 million civilians in World War II. Soviet repression between 1939 and 1945 claimed the lives of 566,000 people — those arrested, deported and killed.