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Putin defends notorious Nazi-Soviet pact

The Soviet Foreign Minister Vyacheslav Molotov signing the non-aggression pact between Germany and the Soviet Union. Behind him, the German Foreign Minister Joachim von Ribbentrop and Josef Stalin.

Russian President Vladimir Putin, during a visit by German Chancellor Angela Merkel, defends the infamous pact between Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union that agreed to divide up eastern Europe.

Putin had, in the past condemned, the pact as unethical.

On August 23, 1939, Germany and the Soviet Union agreed to carve up eastern Europe between them in a secret clause of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact on non-aggression.

“When the USSR realized that it was left facing Hitler’s Germany alone, it took steps so as to not permit a direct collision and this Molotov-Ribbentrop pact was signed,” Putin says at a news conference in response to a question from a journalist.

He was asked to respond to comments by Russia’s outspoken culture minister Vladimir Medinsky praising the pact as a triumph of Joseph Stalin’s diplomacy.

“In this sense, I share the opinion of our culture minister that this pact had significance for ensuring the security of the USSR,” adds Putin…

unnamed-16If looks could kill: German Chancellor Angela Merkel exchanged frosty glares with President Vladimir Putin during Russia’s VE Day celebrations today.  More on Merkel’s visit The Daily Mail.

  • tom_billesley

    It wasn’t just non-agression.
    Before WW2 started the soviets secretly provided facilities for arms manufacture, development and testing, with training bases for military pilots and tank crews, circumventing restrictions placed on Germany after WW1.
    After WW2 started the soviets shipped strategic supplies including oil, grain, cotton, timber, rubber and mineral ores to Germany, and provided an Arctic inlet near Murmansk to be used for a U-boat base.

    • El Martyachi

      They literally started WWII together with a coordinated two front attack on Poland.

      • 1,2,3 got 180 degrees and she was caught in-between.

        • Billy Bob Thornton

          The fact is the Poles and the Ukrainians love to poke the bear but in the end they are hiding behind NATO.

          The Ukrainians are losing badly in the war they want.

          I wouldn’t be surprised if Porschenko is out within the year.

        • Minicapt

          … more work on those abs.

          Cheers

  • Gary

    Considering how the British and French fucked over everyone on earth creating empires, one Russian-German pact appears small.

    • El Martyachi

      Yeah it was no big deal. That’s why it was vehemently denied for 50+ years.

    • I’m okay with blaming everything on the French.

    • Alain

      No comparison whatsoever even for those who oppose colonialism. They, especially the British brought the rule of law, freedom from caste discrimination, railroads and an organised society. They put an end to burning the widows of dead husbands, slavery and a lot more. Furthermore the indigenous population remained free. None of this happened to the victims of the Russian-German pact. Both sought to enslave the indigenous population while exterminating all who resisted.

  • Hard Little Machine

    As if Germany will start something.

  • DavidinNorthBurnaby

    This just in: the Ruskies aren’t our friends.

  • Edubeat

    Monsieur Poutine

  • Drunk_by_Noon

    It also seems the NKVD also taught the S.S. a thing or two about setting up and running death camps.
    Yes, that idea seems to have been a Russian import.

    See the documentary “The Soviet Story”.

  • simus1

    The hard core communists in Canada were very active in opposing our WW2 fight for survival against Hitler until their precious USSR was attacked by the nazis. That was when the communist opposed “Great Imperialist War” suddenly became the “Great Patriotic War”.