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…
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