Hitler and Stalin colluded to start WWII - US ambassador
"Dear President Putin, Hitler and Stalin colluded to start WWII. That is a fact. Poland was a victim of this horrible conflict," US Ambassador to Poland Georgette Mosbacher wrote on Twitter on Monday.
Last week, at a sitting of the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU), Putin said the immediate cause of the war was not the August 1939 Ribbentrop-Molotov Pact between Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union, but the 1938 Munich Agreement, which secured the cession of the Sudeten German territory of Czechoslovakia to Germany, and which Poland attempted to use to secure its claims to the Zaolzie region (lands beyond the Olza River - PAP), over which it was in dispute with Czechoslovakia.
Referring to the Soviets' September 22, 1939, takeover of Brest in then eastern Poland (today's Belarus) from the Germans, who had captured the city several days earlier, Putin stressed that did not mean the Soviets had taken it from Poland, as they were not fighting against Poland at the time and Poland had lost control of the area. He also observed that the Red Army's entry into the region probably helped save many local lives, especially those of Jews, who would have been exterminated by the Germans.
On Sunday, Polish PM Mateusz Morawiecki published a statement in which he stressed that "President Putin has repeatedly lied about Poland. And he has always done it deliberately."