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Eastern Europeans oppose Russian history revisionism | TIME ONLINE


Poland and Lithuania are jointly opposing the Russian attempt to break out second worldwar reinterpreted. "We will not allow the Kremlin to manipulate history and tell lies easily," said Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius after meeting with his Polish colleague Jacek Czaputowicz in Vilnius.

Russian President Vladimir Putin and other senior Russian politicians had recently tried to put the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact into perspective and blamed Poland for the outbreak of World War II. The German-Soviet non-aggression agreement, also known as the Hitler-Stalin Pact, divided Poland, the Baltic States and Finland between Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union. Hitler attacked Poland on September 1, 1939, and Stalin's troops invaded the east of the country a good two weeks later.

Latvia is also protesting

The background is the big celebrations planned in Russia for the 75th anniversary of the victory over Hitler-Germany in May. Linkevičius said the Kremlin is now trying to portray Stalin positively and justify the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact. "We won't let that happen." Czaputowicz said: "We have agreed that our experts work closely together on disinformation so that we can counter these threats together."

The Latvian Parliament in Riga also made a statement against a distortion of the history of the Second World War. The attempts by Russian officials to deny the historical facts about the causes, course and end of World War II and to downplay the responsibility of the Soviet Union are unacceptable. This should also be critically assessed by the international community.

Western historians had previously rejected the new Russian account at the beginning of World War II. EU Justice Commissioner Věra Jourová also stood behind Poland. She rejects "the wrong claim" that Poland is a perpetrator and not a victim, said Jourowa in the European Parliament. She "will not tolerate these attacks on Poland".

Poland is therefore planning, among other things, a law against the Russian attempt to reinterpret history. In late December, the Russian ambassador was summoned to Warsaw.


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