Senate backs resolution against Russian historical manipulations

The resolution authors note that Russia's historical manipulations were an attempt to absolve Russia from the Soviet Union's 1939-41 alliance with Nazi Germany. Rafał Guz/PAP

The Polish Senate (upper house) on Friday unanimously backed a resolution protesting against Russian accusations of Poland's collaboration with Nazi Germany and complicity in the outbreak of World War Two.

"The Senate of the Republic of Poland expresses its strong protest against attempts by President Vladimir Putin and other authorities of the Russian Federation to disseminate to public opinion untrue claims that Poland collaborated with the Third Reich and was co-responsible for the outbreak of World War Two - a war that not only contributed to the devastation of our country, but also Europe and the world, brought death to millions of people and led to the tragedy of the Holocaust, ethnic purging, resettlement, destruction and human tragedies," the resolution reads.

The resolution authors also note that Russia's historical manipulations were an attempt to absolve Russia from the Soviet Union's 1939-41 alliance with Nazi Germany.

At a December 20 sitting of the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU), Putin said the immediate cause of World War Two was not the August 1939 Ribbentrop-Molotov Pact between Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union but the 1938 Munich Pact, which secured the cession to Germany of Czechoslovakia's Sudeten German territory and which Poland attempted to use to secure its claims to the Zaolzie region it was in dispute over with Czechoslovakia.

Putin also accused Poland's pre-war government of hedging ties to Nazi Germany, by which they "exposed their people, the Polish people, to the German war machine and contributed to the outbreak of World War Two."